I'm looking for a connector word between these two sentences along the lines of where, whereas, whereby, etc. Couldn't quite come up with the appropriate word here.

"In the cli, the keywords relevant to ldaps are 'ssl-connection' and 'protocol'. Setting the latter to 'ldaps' or 'starttls' automatically enables the former."

  • What specifically did you have in mind? – Hot Licks Apr 8 at 18:39
  • Just a way to connect the two sentences, combining them into one using a connector word such that the logic flows. @HotLicks In this case, the second sentence provides more details to the first, in a way, but doesn't quite explain the first. – grouch doug Apr 8 at 18:41
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    This is a terrible place to use "former" and "latter". You might as well ask your readers to calculate the keywords. Try Setting 'ssl-connection' to 'ldaps' or 'starttls' automatically enables the 'protocol' keyword. If that's not what you mean to say, rethink what you do mean to say. – John Lawler Apr 8 at 18:44
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    In the CLI, the protocol setting is linked to the ssl-connection setting. When the 'protocol' is set to either 'ldaps' or 'starttls', the ssl-connection setting is automatically enabled. – Jim Apr 8 at 19:06
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    Short sentences are better than long sentences. Connection here is not the right approach. TBH, it doesn’t look as if the behavior of this CLI has been fully thought through. It looks like it has the ability to implicitly set some of its parameters based on the presence of others. This raises the question of what happens when incompatible settings are attempted. The best approach is to describe the general property (implicit selection) first, and then offer examples “For example,if the protocol is set to X...”. The problem here is that you are trying to write generally at too low a level. – Global Charm Apr 8 at 20:12

A connection that does not break the flow but necessitates a means of "selection" of "protocol" is the use of a relative pronoun (introducing a relative clause); the construction allowing that is "the latter of which", but as can be seen in this ngram, its use has never stopped decreasing and is nowadays not very important; nevertheless, as this page will show, it is commonly used in modern scholarly literature.

(example) There was an Upper, a Lower, and a Western India, the latter of which is now Persia-Iran. The countries now named Thibet, Mongolia, and Great

  • In the cli, the keywords relevant to ldaps are 'ssl-connection' and 'protocol', the latter of which, if set to 'ldaps' or 'starttls', automatically enables the former.

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