Typographic Conventions

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The typographic conventions used in this documentation are largely based on those used in the Python documentation. They are summarized below.

Filenames are presented in an italic font.

-b, --option=value
Program options are in a bold face. Variable parameters to an option are presented in italics.

The labels on buttons or other GUI controls (widgets) are bold.

Module and interface names are bold.

Python class names are bold.

Exception names are in bold type.

function(arg1 [, arg2 ] ) -> return type
Function names are presented in bold and arguments are in italics. Optional arguments are surrounded by brackets. If the function returns a value other than None, it will be specified following an arrow after the parameter list.

Method names, like function names, are presented in bold. If a method may be invoked remotely in an asynchronous manner, the word ASYNCHRONOUS will appear before the method name in the description in italics.

Expressions which need to be typed are placed in a monospaced font.

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