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hack - 1. n. a prank requiring substantial ingenuity, see IHTFP. 2. n. a quick programming fix, implying attendant butchery of some otherwise beautiful structure. 3. v. to program. 4. v. to bypass a security system. See hacker. 5. n. an amateur. Contrast hacker.

hacker - 1. an expert programmer. Contrast hack. 2. someone who breeches a computer or security system via ingenuity. 3. Lizzie Borden.

Halide Corporation - original name of Xerox.

handler - a programming routine which performs an allegedly useful function. You can create your own handlers, which begin with the Lingo keyword "on". Refer to the startUp, startMovie, and stopMovie handlers. See scope.

hard drive - (also hard disk) a storage device featuring large capacity and high speed at a low cost per megabyte. See de-fragment, drive letter, floppy disk.

hardware conflict - 1. a war fought over or with wrenches and screwdrivers. 2. a condition in which two pieces of hardware won't work properly together often because they are configured to use the same hardware interrupt.

hardware interrupt - 1. when someone cuts in line at the hardware store, or steals your sales clerk. 2. a unique number used by a hardware device to request attention. If two or more devices use the same interrupt, a hardware conflict results.

Hera - the ancient Greek queen of heaven, a daughter of Cronus and Rhea, and the wife and sister of Zeus, identified by the Romans with Juno.

Hertz - a measurement of the frequency of an occurrence, usually the number of cycles per second of a sound, or the samples per second of a digital sound. See kHz, MHz. Refer to the TechNote, "Sound Sampling Rates in Director".

Hewlett-Packard - maker of popular printers and unpopular clone computers, based in Palo Alto, CA. See HP, LaserJet, DeskJet.

hex - 1. n. a curse. 2. hexadecimal. 3. a prefix meaning "six". 4. n. a hexagonal wrench.

hexadecimal - a base-16 number, using the digits 0 through 9, and A, B, C, D, E and F (for 10 through 15). There are 4 bits (one nibble) to a hexadecimal digit. A byte can hold two hex digits. See binary, decimal, ASCII, EBCDIC.

Hi8 - a video standard offering superior quality to VHS and used in many consumer-grade camcorders. See Beta.

Hoffman, Ivan - actual lawyer with many excellecent legal articles on his web site. See IANAL, NOLO Press, WFH.

home - the URL of a home page.

home.html- a common file name used for the home page of a web site. A URL that does not include a document name, such as http://www.zeusprod.com, will default to http://www.zeusprod.com/home.html or a similar document, such as index.html.

home page - the first web page of a web site, often called home.html or index.html. Visit Zeus's Home Page.

Hopper - 1. Dennis; 2. a frog; 3. someone who adds hops during the beer brewing process; 4. a bin where grain is stored. 5. D6. See Spike, Seuss.

HP - Hewlett-Packard. See LaserJet, DeskJet.

HPIB - the HP implementation of the GPIB bus standard.

hqx - the TLE for a BinHexed file, also Hqx.

Hqx - the TLE for a BinHexed files, also hqx.

htm- the TLE for files in HTML format, which are commonly web pages, also html. See url, URL.

html - TLE for files in HTML format, which are commonly web pages, also htm. See url, URL, link.

HTML - HyperText Markup Language. Most documents on the web are simply HTML files. These files contain codes that describe the layout and content of the page. The web browser interprets the HTML codes and renders the page accordingly. HTML is a language specification, but the term "HTML" is used to refer to the text files containing HTML codes.

HTML tag - a code within an HTML file that instructs the web browser how to render the page. For example, the <PRE> tag indicates that the text is preformatted and should be displayed as typed.

http - 1. see HTTP. 2. the beginning of a URL specification, such as http://www.zeusprod.com/ used to establish hyperlinks on the web. See HyperText Transfer Protocol, ftp.

HTTP - See Hypertext Transfer Protocol, http.

HTTPd - NCSA HTTPd is an HTTP/1.0 compatible server for making hypertext and other documents available to web browsers.

hybrid - a hybrid disk is one that runs on both Macintosh and Windows, and possibly other platforms, such as UNIX. For example, a CD can be encoded to contain the necessary information for both operating systems on a single physical platter. This is an option in most CD-Burning software. See partition, and Enhanced CD.

hype - see Network Computer.

hyper - 1. adj. said of an excited or excitable person 2. prefix meaning "more" or "greater", such as "hyper-riffic", hyper-glycemia, or hyper-bowl.

Hypercard - a multimedia authoring tool from Apple. Refer to the TechNote "Choosing a Multimedia Authoring Tool". See HyperTalk, XFCN.

hypergraphic - a graphic image linking to other documents containing more information on the same or a related topic. To retrieve the related document, click on the hypergraphic. See hyperlink, hypertext.

hyperlink - a link in an html file which points to another document, graphic, file or piece of data, anywhere on the internet. Hyperlinks are the essence of the web. See URL, hypertext, hypergraphic.

HyperTalk - 1. talking very fast. 2. Hypercard's scripting language. See Lingo.

hypertext - a text link to other documents containing more information on the same or a related topic. Hypertext links are identified by a web browser by colored and underlined text. To retrieve the related document, click on the hypertext. See URL, hyperlink, hypergraphic.

HyperText Markup Language - see HTML.

HyperText Transfer Protocol - an information retrieval mechanism for HTML documents., commonly called HTTP. See http.

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