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Living Internet Site Notation
Throughout this guide (and many
other sources around the net) a small set of standard notations
are used to
describe keyboard commands, command placeholders, and command
options. These notations and differences between Macintosh and
Windows conventions are described below:
- Keyboard commands. Keys with multi-letter names
are shown with their name in angle brackets:
|| Press the <esc> key
|| Hold down the <ctrl> key
and press 'c'
- Placeholders. Sometimes it is necessary to describe
a command that includes a portion that should be filled
in by you. For example, to subscribe to most mailing lists
you send their server a command consisting of the word "subscribe" followed
by the list name that you wish to subscribe to. The list
name to be filled in by you is shown in angle brackets:
Therefore, to subscribe to a list named "gardenlist" you
- Options. Square brackets are used to designate
an optional part of a command that can be included or not
at your discretion. For example, in the following command
used by several applications, the optional switch "-all" can
be included or discarded depending on whether you want
the default statistics or a more complete listing.
If you do include an option then the square brackets
are dropped, so that the actual use of the above command
- Macintosh & Windows. Throughout this site
the following naming conventions apply to use of the two
main desktop platforms:
- Substitute the <apple> key for <ctrl>.
- Substitute "right-click the mouse" with "hold
down the mouse key for a few seconds".
- The term term bookmarks is
equivalent to the Windows term "favorites".
- Email filters are
found in Outlook under the name Windows Inbox Assistant.