An assembler which runs on one type of processor and produces machine code for another.

There is a set of 6502, 68xx and Zilog Z80 and 8085 cross-assemblers in C by <[email protected]> and Alan R. Baldwin. They run under MS-DOS and could be compiled to run under Unix and on the Amiga and Atari ST.

See also fas.

Last updated: 1993-03-10



A compiler which runs on one platform and produces code for another, as opposed to a native code compiler which produces code for the platform on which it runs.

Last updated: 1998-02-24


<software, hardware>

A term that describes a language, software application or hardware device that works on more than one system platform (e.g. Unix, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh). E.g. Netscape Navigator, Java.

Last updated: 1998-02-24


[Usenet] To post a single article simultaneously to several newsgroups. Distinguished from posting the article repeatedly, once to each newsgroup, which causes people to see it multiple times (which is very bad form). Gratuitous cross-posting without a Followup-To line directing responses to a single followup group is frowned upon, as it tends to cause followup articles to go to inappropriate newsgroups when people respond to only one part of the original posting.

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cross software

Software developed on one kind of computer for use on another (usually because the other computer does not have itself adequate facilities for software development).


Simple language for statistical analysis of tabular data. "User's Manual for the CROSSTABS System", Cambridge Computer Assoc (Feb 1977).



Interference caused by two signals becoming partially superimposed on each other due to electromagnetic (inductive) or electrostatic (capacitive) coupling between the conductors carrying the signals. A common example of crosstalk is where the magnetic field from changing current flow in one wire induces current in another wire running parallel to the other, as in a transformer. Crosstalk can be reduced by using shielded cables and increasing the distance between conductors.

Last updated: 1995-12-20

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