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Documentation Conventions

The following conventions are used in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Books Online to distinguish elements of text.

Convention Used for


Transact-SQL keywords.


Database names, table names, column names, stored procedures, command-prompt utilities, data types, menus, commands, dialog box options, programming elements, and text that must be typed exactly as shown.


User-supplied variables, relationships, parameters, placeholders, and new terms in SQL Server 2005.


Code samples, examples, display text, and error messages.

Untranslated English text (localized SQL Server 2005 versions only)

References to the data contained in sample databases, or other data used in examples.