SQL Syntax Conventions

The conventions for syntax statements in this manual are as follows:

Table 1: Syntax statement conventions




Command names, command option names, utility names, utility flags, and other keywords are in

bold Courier

in syntax statements and in bold Helvetica in paragraph text.


Variables, or words that stand for values that you fill in, are in italics.

{ }

Curly braces indicate that you choose at least one of the enclosed options. Do not include braces in your option.

[ ]

Brackets mean choosing one or more of the enclosed options is optional. Do not include brackets in your option.

( )

Parentheses are to be typed as part of the command.


The vertical bar means you may select only one of the options shown.


The comma means you may choose as many of the options shown as you like, separating your choices with commas to be typed as part of the command.