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PawPrint.net 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)
Browser
The short form of Web Browser.
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)
Page Description Language
Abbreviated as PDL, a language for describing the layout and contents of a printed page. The best-known PDLs are Adobe PostScript and Hewlett-Packard PCL (Printer Control Language), both of which are used to control laser printers.

Both PostScript and modern versions of PCL are object-oriented, meaning that they describe a page in terms of geometrical objects such as lines, arcs, and circles.


Linux/Unix Terms and Commands. (9 terms)
URL
An address referring to a document on the Internet. This can be used to reference a web page via HTTP or a file to be accessed via FTP, for example. The reason for a URL (rather then just the address) is to define completely what a computer must do, and where it must go, to access a document (sometimes even on its local hard drive in the case of file:)

The syntax of a URL consists of four elements:

Protocol://address/path/document - here are a few examples:

http://www.pawprint.net/in...
Photography terms and concepts, including digital and traditional photographic techniques. (11 terms)
RAM
RAM is a type of computer storage whose contents can be accessed in any order. This is in contrast to sequential memory devices such as magnetic tapes, discs and drums, in which the mechanical movement of the storage medium forces the computer to access data in a fixed order. It is usually implied that RAM can be both written to and read from, in contrast to read-only memory or ROM.

Computers use RAM to hold the program code and data during execution. In the first electronic computers, RAM wa...
Web design termonology, concepts, and abbreviations. (46 terms)
GIF
A compressed graphic format suited for flat color images (illustrations) and drawings. It compresses images by referencing areas of the same colour thus it is less suitable then JPEG for photographic images (where there are colour gradients)

Originally created by CompuServ it was the subject of proposed law suits and patent discussions which have largely been dropped.

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