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Typographic Conventions

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The following typographic conventions are used in Help:

Example of conventionDescription
On the File menu, click Open.Elements that appear in the user interface are bold when the steps for performing a procedure are detailed.
expr, path
In syntax, italics indicate placeholders for information you supply. In text, italic letters are used for defined terms, usually the first time they occur in a topic. In addition, italics are used occasionally for emphasis.
ReadOnly, FileName
In text and syntax, the use of bold and italic together indicates named arguments.
[expressionlist]
In syntax, items in square brackets are optional.
{While | Until}
In syntax, braces and a vertical bar indicate a choice between two or more items. You must choose one of the items unless all of the items are enclosed in square brackets.
Dim rstCust As ADODB.Recordset


A monospace font indicates code.
Set olNewItem = _
   ol.CreateItem(olMailItem)


The line-continuation character ( _ ) is used to break long lines of code.
Sub StockSale()
   .
   .
   .
End Sub

A column of three periods indicates that part of an example has been omitted intentionally.

See Also

Getting Started with Office Developer | Code Samples and Programming Style | Using the Code Samples

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