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HP-UX manpage. In this example, “find” is the manpage name and “1” is the manpage section.

Book Title

Title of a book or other document.

Linked Title

Title that is a hyperlink to a book or other document.


A Web site address that is a hyperlink to the site.


Command name or qualified command phrase.

user input

Commands and other text that you type.

computer output

Text displayed by the computer.


The name of a keyboard key. Note that Return and Enter both refer to the same key. A sequence such as Ctrl+A indicates that you must hold down the key labeled Ctrl while pressing the A key.


Defined use of an important word or phrase.


The name of an environment variable, for example PATH or errno.


A value that you may replace in a command or function, or information in a display that represents several possible values.


An element used in a markup language.


An attribute used in a markup language.

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