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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)
XML
A simple, very flexible text format derived from SGML (ISO 8879). Originally designed to meet the challenges of large-scale electronic publishing, XML is also playing an increasingly important role in the exchange of a wide variety of data on the Web and elsewhere.
Computer Hardware parts, abbreviations and concepts. (6 terms)
Mother Board
1) The main Printed Circuit Board (PCB) of a computer - referred to as a Mother Board because other smaller PCBs are sometimes attached to it - this are in turn referred to as daughter boards.

2) Any PCB that can accept daughter boards.

Graphic Design & prepress terms from desktop publishing to offset printing. (14 terms)
HTML
Hypertext Markup Language is the Markup-Language that evolved as the basis for layout of web-pages. It is a derivitive of the first SGML languages and has since been superceeded by derivitives of XML refertred to as XHTML.
Linux/Unix Terms and Commands. (9 terms)
ln
ln [options] sourcename [destname]

ln [options] sourcenames destdirectory



Create pseudonyms (links) for files, allowing them to be accessed by different names. In the first form, Link sourcename to destname, where destname is usually a new filename, or (by default) the current directory. If destname is an existing file, it is overwritten; if destname is an existing directory, a Link named sourcename is created in that directory. In the second form, create links in destdirectory, each l...
Photography terms and concepts, including digital and traditional photographic techniques. (11 terms)
CMYK
An image format that records pixel information using the additive colour model of combining amounts of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black to create a wide gamut of colours. This is based on the way standard web offset printing (SWOP) inks are combines on a press to create most printed colour documents.

In Graphic design when the final goal is to send something for SWOP printing it is oftin a good idea to work in CMYK as opposed to RGB to ensure a better colour match and to avoid problems when c...
Web design termonology, concepts, and abbreviations. (46 terms)
PNG
An extensible file format for the lossless, portable, well-compressed storage of raster images. PNG provides a patent-free replacement for GIF and can also replace many common uses of TIFF. Indexed-color, grayscale, and truecolor images are supported, plus an optional alpha channel for transparency. Sample depths range from 1 to 16 bits per component (up to 48bit images for RGB, or 64bit for RGBA).
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