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Chapter 16: Glossary

Last updated: Jan 12, 2024

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This glossary provides definitions and explanations for over 130 key terms related to API documentation. The terms span a wide range of topics relevant to documenting REST APIs, including general API concepts, OpenAPI/Swagger specifics, API parameters, responses, methods, tools, project management approaches, writing best practices, and more. The terms are organized alphabetically as well as by common topic groups, allowing you to easily browse terms within certain subject areas.

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