Using other sources

Don't copy content from another source because it might violate copyright. Instead, paraphrase and link to their content. Content includes the following types:

  • Text
  • Images
  • Code
  • Logos
  • Speech

Not recommended: Recovery Point Objective (RPO): “RPO is the maximum targeted period in which data (transactions) might be lost from an IT service due to a major incident” (https://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disaster_recovery#Recovery_Point_Objective).

Recommended: A recovery point objective (RPO), which is the maximum acceptable length of time during which data might be lost from your app due to a major incident.

Avoiding third-party content

Unless you are sure that your company owns the assets, avoid copying from these sources:

  • Third-party sources: This list includes documentation, websites, books, blogs, videos, images, podcats, and more.
  • Reference sources: Avoid copying from dictionaries, encyclopedias, and Wikipedia.
  • Open source product documentation: OSS has different license options, which can range from no reuse without attribution to complete freedom to use the material. It's not safe to assume that you can reuse this content freely. When in doubt, don't use their content.
  • GitHub content: Different GitHub users might adopt different licenses for their content. It's not safe to assume that you can reuse this content freely. When in doubt, don't use their content.

Reusing content

You can reuse content if you are the source of that content.

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Google Developer Documentation Style Guide
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