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A - 1. the first letter of the alphabet. 2. the drive
letter usually used on a PC for the first floppy
drive. The second floppy drive is ordinarily referred to as B
and the hard drives start at C
(at least in the U.S.). 3. n. a single hexadecimal
digit used to represent the decimal number
ABC - 1. American Broadcasting Company,
a television network. See NBC, CBS.
2. the first three letters of the alphabet.
absolute path - a path
specification that identifies the location of a file completely, such
c:\windows\readme.txt. Compare relative
path. Refer to the TechNote, "Path
and File Specifications"
Access - 1. (also Microsoft
Access) a full function database which is part of the Microsoft
Office suite of applications. See Word, Excel.
2. what you get in exchange for large political contributions.
Acrobat - 1. Acrobat
Reader 2. a family of applications from Adobe Systems
used to create and read documents in Portable
Document Format. 3. Kerri Strug
Acrobat Exchange - an application
for creating PDF documents. Acrobat Exchange can
be used to create documents which can be read by Acrobat
Acrobat Reader - a freely distributable
PDF reader from Adobe Systems,
commonly called "Acrobat". See splash
ACT! - contact management software from Symantec.
ActiveX - a set of libraries that enable Windows
95 applications to communicate with each other, largely replacing OLE
and DDE. See DirectX.
ADAC - (pronounced "Ay-Dack") See Analog-to-Digital
Converter. Also ADC. See DAC. .
Adobe Systems - software manufacturer. Makers
of PostScript, Photoshop,
AFAIK - 1. As Far As I
Know, a common e-mail abbreviation. 2.
AFK - Away From Keyboard,
a common chat session abbreviation indicating
a temporary absence. See BAK.
Afterburner - a compression program from
Macromedia for creating Shockwave
content. Afterburner compresses Director or
Authorware files for playback via the web, or
even from local drives. Afterburner is accessible under Director's Xtras
AIF - the TLE for AIFF
AIFF - a popular audio file format supported by
Director on both the Macintosh and PC. See
AJGW - 1. All Juicy Gossip
Welcome, an e-mail abbreviation BAE
made up. 2. Armand Just Got Windows - the beginning
of the end.
aka - (pronounced "Ay-Kay-Ay", not "acka")
Also Known As, see alias and fka.
- software company, makers of StuffIt!
Aldus - former makers of Freehand
until being bought by Macromedia.
alias - 1. an alternate
identity, such as a pseudonym used for an e-mail address. 2. a small
Macintosh file which points to an original file or server elsewhere on the
system, equivalent to a Windows shortcut.
Refer to the Zeus TechNote, "Shortcuts,
Icons, PIFs and Aliases".
All Our FAQs are FUQed -
At Zeus Productions, we go beyond superficial FAQs
to create information-laden FUQs which taste great
and are more filling.
alpha - 1. n. the first milestone of software
development, an alpha version includes most functionality, although there
may be substantial bugs or unimplemented features remaining. See beta,
gold master. 2. adj. characterized by an
unreliable nature, as in, "Don't rely on alpha software." 3. n.
a deadline, as in, "We'll never make alpha".
Alt, Carol - supermodel married to some
hockey player. See Christie Brinkley.
Alt key - the Alternate
key is used to modify other key commands. For example, Alt-M indicates that
you should press the M key while holding down the Alt key, as you would
the Shift key. Refer to the Lingo property
the optionDown. See
Option key, Command
aluminimum foil - (a Sniglet)
the smallest piece of foil sufficient to wrap a sandwich or leftovers.
aluminium (al-loo-MIN-ee-um) - what is called
"foil" or "aluminum" by everyone but the Australians.
Amelio, Gil - current CEO
of Apple Computer.
America On-Line - world's largest subscription-based
on-line service, commonly referred to as AOL. Subject
of various litigation alleging an inability to fulfill obligations based
on consumer demand for their advertised services. See
AMT - see Apple
analog - data that is continuously variable,
as in the real world. A record album contains analog data, as does the human
voice, whereas a CD contains digital
or discrete data. See analog-to-digital
- a specialized chip that converts an analog signal
to a digital signal for playback through a
digital output device such as a PC sound card. Commonly called an "A-to-D"
converter (see Beer Pong). See digitize,
- (pronounced "anarchy", not "an-archie") - an Archie/ftp
client shareware utility.
ancestor - a parent
script whose methods are accessible from
one or more child objects (descendants).
and - a boolean operator that performs a logical
comparison. If both operands are True, the result is True. For example,
True AND False = False, False AND False = False, True AND True = True. See
or, xor, not,
and refer to the TechNote, "Understanding
Mark - (not "Anderson") original developer of NCSA
Mosaic browser and co-founder of Netscape.
See James Clark.
anomaly - see bug.
anonymous ftp - an ftp
site that allows anyone to download information
from it. Most anonymous ftp servers do not
permit uploads. Your username
is ordinarily used to log onto anonymous ftp sites.
anti-virus - software which protects against
or eliminates viruses, such as Symantec
Anti-Virus, McAfee and Disinfectant.
AOFAF - See All
Our FAQs Are FUQed™.
AOL - (pronounced "Ay-Oh-Ell") 1. the
on-line service company America On-Line.
See SOL, CompuServe,
MSN, Prodigy. 2. the
software used to log on to AOL and/or browse the web via AOL. Version 3.0
for the Macintosh uses MIE or the browser of your
choice. Version 4.0 is available for the PC. The Macromedia forum
on AOL is accessible via Keyword: Macromedia.
See message board.
API - Application Programmer's Interface,
the library of routines that give a programmer access to an operating system's
or other program's internal features. The Windows API gives programmers
access to standard Windows libraries that handle many of the low-level tasks,
like creating and managing windows. See IDE, SDK,
APPL - the special Macintosh File
Type used to indicate that a file is an APPLication.,
which is analagous to the EXE TLE
under DOS. See Creator Code. Refer to
the TechNote, "File
Types, Creator Codes and Extensions".
apple - a McIntosh.
Apple - 1.
Apple Computer, Inc., hardware and software vendor, makers of the Macintosh,
based in Cupertino California.. See NeXT, Gil
Amelio, John Sculley, Steve
Jobs, Steve Wozniak, LaserWriter,
Lisa. 2. The Beatles'
Apple, the Big - See NYC.
See Big Blue.
Apple II (or "Apple ][") - the first
commercially popular personal computer,
based on the 6502 chip. The Apple I was a kit for hobbyists, and not very
numerous. Apple II's were wildly successful, but led to the less successful
Apple III. An entire line of Apple IIs were created,
including the Apple II+, IIc,
IIe, and IIGS, before
being supplanted by the Macintosh. See IWM.
Apple II+ - early enhanced version of the
Apple IIc - slimmed down, practically portable
version of the Apple II.
Apple IIe - workhorse of the Apple
Apple IIGS - late version of the Apple
II, featuring enhanced Graphics and Sound.
Apple III - the short-lived successor to
the Apple II. Following the failure of the Apple
III, Apple went back to making variations of the Apple II.
Apple Script Editor - a utility
included with the Mac OS that allows you to test and compile Apple Scripts.
Useful for debugging when using zScript,
Zeus's AppleScript Xtra. See AppleEvent
AppleEvent - a command or event sent via
AppleScript. Not all applications support all
events. See AppleEvent Dictionary,
Apple Script Editor.
AppleEvent Dictionary- a list
of the AppleEvents which an application understands.
You can examine an application's AppleEvent Dictionary using the Apple
Script Editor. See AppleScript.
Apple Media Tool - a multimedia authoring
tool from Apple. See AMT. Refer
to the TechNote "Choosing
a Multimedia Authoring Tool"
AppleScript - a scripting language feature
of the Mac OS that allows applications to communicate
with each other. Director is not AppleScriptable,
which is why Zeus Productions created zScript,
an Xtra that adds the ability to send and receive AppleEvents to or from
other applications. See AppleEvent Dictionary,
Script Editor. Refer to the TechNote,
"Using AppleScript with Director".
AppleScriptable - an application that
supports a core suite of AppleEvents is said to
be AppleScriptable. See AppleEvent Dictionary,
Apple Script Editor, AppleScript.
applet - a small application, most commonly
a Java applet, often downloaded from the internet
(no specific relation to Apple or Macintosh
application - 1. n. an executable
program that performs a particular task. See document,
File Type, APPL, Creator
Code. 2. n. a use or requirement, as in "What is required for your
application-centric - adj. something
with an application as its central focus. zLaunch
for Mac and Windows is application-centric, as it is primarily designed
to launch external applications, such as software demos, whereas zOpen
for Windows is document-centric.
application-dependent - adj.
depending on an individual application and the way it deals with the rest
of the universe. For example, the types of documents that an application
can read, and how many documents may be open simultaneously is application-dependent.
In the case of zOpen, zScript
and zLaunch, their interaction and
ability to work with other applications is application-dependent. Also application-specific.
application-specific - See
Archie - an internet service for retrieving
material. See Anarchie, Betty,
ARPAnet - the government-sponsored precursor
to the internet.
array - a data structure for holding mutliple
pieces of data, called a list in Lingo.
See integer, variable,
ASAP - 1. As Soon As Possible
(also a.s.a.p.) (pronounced "Ay-Ess-Ay-Pee", or sometimes "AY-sap).
2. a dupe (pronounced "a-SAP).
ASCII - American Standard Code
for Information Interchange (pronounced ASS-kee), a binary
code for describing text. For example, the capital letter A is represented
by the number 65. 2. the text itself or a text file
format. See EBCDIC, byte,
CR, LF, EOL.
- maker of Toast.
association - 1. a group of condo homeowners
whose goal it to suppress any visible differences between adjacent units.
2. In DOS and Windows,
a particular file extension can by associated
with an application. For example, the .htm
extension is usually associated with a web
browser, such as Netscape Navigator.
AT - An IBM computer
using the 80286 chip. See PC,
Audio Video Interleaved - see
AVI. See QuickTime.
authoring tool - a software program
which facilitates the creation of interactive multimedia applications, such
as Authorware, Director,
and Apple Media Tool. Refer to the TechNote
"Choosing a Multimedia Authoring
Authorware - a multimedia authoring
tool from Macromedia. Authorware files
are called libraries. Refer to the TechNote
"Choosing a Multimedia Authoring
AUTOEXEC.BAT - a special DOS
batch file which is run when a PC boots.
See CONFIG.SYS, SysEdit.
AVI - Audio Video Interleaved,
the file format for Video for Windows
digital videos. See QuickTime.
AWOL - (pronounced "Ay-Wall") Absent
WithOut Leave 1. a military acronym indicating that
a soldier has left without authorization. 2. euphemism for failing to complete
a job properly, as in, "They were totally AWOL on that project".
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