Innovative Web Design and Application Development Glossary of Terms

This dictionary of web design, photography, computer and graphic design terms has been compiled from many sources and is constantly being augmented and undergoing revisions to try and capture as much of the lingo and technical vocabulary as possible.  

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Data and Telecommunications, terms, concepts and abbreviations. (19 terms)
Web Browser
A computer program used to view web pages. A Browser is a viewer that processes HTML and displays it to the user.
Computer Hardware parts, abbreviations and concepts. (6 terms)
A generic name for various kinds of dynamic random access memory: DRAM that are synchronized with the clock speed that the microprocessor is optimized for. This tends to increase the number of instructions that the processor can perform in a given time. The speed of SDRAM is rated in MHz rather than in nanoseconds (ns). This makes it easier to compare the bus speed and the RAM chip speed. You can convert the RAM clock speed to nanoseconds by dividing the chip speed into 1 billion ns (which is on...
Graphic Design & prepress terms from desktop publishing to offset printing. (14 terms)
An ISO/ANSI/ECMA standard that specifies a way to annotate text documents with information about types of sections of a document. This is the root of most other markup languages: XML and HTML being examples.
Linux/Unix Terms and Commands. (9 terms)
A set of rules used to define how email should be sent and governing communication between mail servers to achieve this end.
Photography terms and concepts, including digital and traditional photographic techniques. (11 terms)
Making several exposures, using different settings (initially this was restricted to exposure but with digital photography can also include white balance and quality). Bracketing allows for error and permits selection of the best exposure after development.

Most professional photographers will always bracket photos where you only have one chance to capture the moment - weddings for example.

Web design termonology, concepts, and abbreviations. (46 terms)
A measure of image resolution - typical screen resolution is 72 dip whereas printing presse print at 300dpi.

When measuring the resolution of an image you need to know both the physical size and the resolution (in DPI) to acertain the actual amount of data. For example:

An image that is 10 inches wide...

at 72dpi would be 720 pixels wide
at 300dpi would be 3000 pixels wide (roughly 3.5 times the resolution)

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