Here I'd like to list the typographical conventions I'm currently using for this blog. (Earlier posts and pages may not use these conventions.)
Filenames are a green monospaced font: /usr/local/bin.
Application names are a black bold italic: Emacs.
Command names (Unix, VMS, Microsoft Windows/DOS, whatever) are a black bold monospaced font: ls or emacs when talking about the actual command.
The names and section numbers of man pages are in a monospaced italic font groff_ms(7).
Inline literal or code text is a red monospaced font with a gray background with a hint of red (
#f9f2f4to be precise):
rm -rfv *.
Key strokes are in an orange monospaced font with a gray background with a hint of red (
#f9f2f4again): C-x C-s. They are notated with the Emacs conventions:
M-indicates the Meta key (usually "Alt" or "Option" on common keyboards, sometimes indicated with ⌥ by Apple, although the Unicode character is ⎇),
C-indicates the "Control" key.
S-indicates the "Super" key, ⌘ (“Command”) on Macs, and something else weird on other keyboards.
Now for the fun stuff:
Encounter area identifiers (usually letters or numbers or a combination thereof) are enclosed in a box with rounded corners: K1.
Dice, when notated, are in black bold: 3d6+1.
Items (magic or named), when notated, are in black bold: +1 flaming sword.
Skills, when notated, are in brown italic: Investigation.
Spells or powers, when notated, are in purple italic: Fireball, Intangibility.
A named bit of gaming mechanic, when notated, is in green italic bold: Mighty Blow.
A house rule, when notated, is in red italic bold: Critical Hit.
Loot, when notated, is in bold: 30 gp.
A player character name, when notated, is in bold: Alexa.
A non-player character name, when notated, is in bold italics: Neven Wesved.
When a dead player character is notated, their name is in bold and strikethrough: Bytor.
When a dead non-player character is notated, their name is in bold italics and strikethrough: Polam Wesved.
A creature name, when notated, is in red and bold: Carrion Crawler.
A scene name, when notated, is in italics: Across the Chasm.
A GM's name, when notated, is in underlined, overlined dark green: T.T..
A hireling's name, notated, is in underline: Symna and Karl.
Experience points (or character points, whatever they are named), when notated, are in bold: 250 xp.