# Conventions Used in the RIPE Database Documentation

The following conventions are used:

  • <label> indicates a placeholder or syntax.
  • [option] indicates optional text or command argument.
  • bold font indicates an object type.
  • “attribute:” indicates an attribute of an object.
  • ‘value' indicates the value of an attribute.

The term “RIPE Database” is used in several ways depending on the context. It may mean the:

  • Entire service
  • Database software
  • Interface
  • Logical database
  • Database contents

Where there is any doubt, we will clarify what is being discussed.