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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)
ATM
A protocol for asynchronous data communications that represents the evolution from x.25 and Frame Relay. It includes specific considerations for QoS and allows for different packet priority and size.
Computer Hardware parts, abbreviations and concepts. (6 terms)
Printed Circuit Board
It usually consists of a metallic conductor pattern on an organic insulating substrate, more complex circuits have several layers stacked togeather. After assembly where components are added, it is known as a printed wiring assembly (PWA).  
Graphic Design & prepress terms from desktop publishing to offset printing. (14 terms)
DPI
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)

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)
Depth-of-field
The area of sharpness in a picture, extending in front of and behind the plane of the subject, that is most precisely focused by the lens.

You can control depth of field by varying three factors:
1) the size of the aperture
2) the distance of the camera from the subject
3) the focal length of the lens.

If you decrease the size of the Aperture, the depth of field increases; if you focus on a distant subject, depth of field will be greater than if you focus on a near subject; and if you...
Web design termonology, concepts, and abbreviations. (46 terms)
Blog
Blog is short for Weblog and referrs to a web page or pages that have short articles that are frequently updated.

Blogs are can be thought of as the equivalent of an online newspaper with no set publishing schedule that may be produced by amateurs and professionals alike.

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