<introduction> FOLDOC is a searchable dictionary of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems, networking, theory, conventions, standards, mathematics, telecoms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects, products, history, in fact anything to do with computing.
Copyright 1985 by Denis Howe
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Please refer to the dictionary as "The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, http://foldoc.org/, Editor Denis Howe" or similar. Please make the URL both text (for humans) and a hyperlink (for Google).
The dictionary has been growing since 1985 and now contains nearly 15,000 definitions in over five megabytes of text. Entries are cross-referenced to each other and to related resources elsewhere on the net.
Where LaTeX commands for certain non-ASCII symbols are mentioned, they are described in their own entries. "\" is also used to represent the Greek lower-case lambda used in lambda-calculus. Cross-references to other entries look like this. Note that not all cross-references actually lead anywhere yet, but if you find one that leads to something inappropriate, please let me know. Dates after entries indicate when that entry was last updated. They do not imply that it was up-to-date at that time.
You can search the latest version of the dictionary on the WWW at URL http://foldoc.org/. If you find an entry that is wrong or inadequate please let me know.
See Pronunciation for how to interpret the pronunciation given for some entries.
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Last updated: 2007-07-25
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