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Capitalization and punctuation

This section includes capitalization and punctuation guidelines.

Capitalization

Write headings in sentence case.

Consult the following capitalization guidelines when you write.

Sentence case

Sentence case capitalizes the first word of a heading and all proper nouns.

This style is primarily lowercase and is considered the quickest form to read.

Capitalize abbreviations

Use all-caps capitalization for abbreviations, such as API, HTTP, ID, JSON, SQL, or URL.

Capitalize proper nouns

The names of people, places, and products take initial capitals because they’re proper nouns.

If you’re not sure of whether something is a product or not, consult the product manager, or if there isn’t one, the responsible squad.

Grafana-specific capitalization guidelines

  • Menu and submenu titles always use sentence case: capitalize the first word, and lowercase the rest.
    • Dashboards when referring to the submenu title.
    • Keyboard shortcuts when referring to the submenu topic.
  • Generic and plural versions are always lowercase.
    • Lowercase dashboard when referring to a dashboard generally.
    • Lowercase dashboards when referring to multiple dashboards.
  • Exceptions: If a term is lowercase in the Grafana UI, then match the UI.
  • When you’re referring to an abstract UI element, such as a role (Admin, Editor, Viewer), without directly referencing the UI, don’t bold the word. Capitalize the word and use it as an adjective, followed by the noun that it’s describing. For example:
    • Users with the Viewer role can’t edit settings.

Kubernetes objects

When referring to Kubernetes objects, such as Jobs, Pods, and StatefulSets, follow the guidance in the Kubernetes documentation style guide. Capitalizing objects makes it clear that you aren’t talking about generic jobs or deployments.

In the first use, introduce the object as Kubernetes XX, then use it alone in subsequent uses.

Examples:

  • Create the Kubernetes Job and check the logs to retrieve the generated token:
  • The Job requires the token

Amazon products

When referring to Amazon products such as Amazon CloudWatch, include the “Amazon” name prefix. After the first use, you can use just the product name.

In headings, always use the full name including “Amazon”.

Apache projects

When referring to Apache projects such as Apache Mesos, include the “Apache” name prefix. After the first use, you can use just the project name.

In headings, always use the full name including “Apache”.

Punctuation guidelines

Refer to the following punctuation guidelines when you write technical content.

  • After a period, add one space, not two.
  • When listing a series of items, insert a comma before and or or. This is known as using serial commas or the Oxford comma.
    • Example: “During lunch, they enjoyed quiche, quinoa, and kale salad.”
  • Don’t abbreviate and with an ampersand (&).
    • Exception: If the UI uses an ampersand, match the UI.