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Glossary of terms related to documentation, typography and printing

Alphabetic lists of glossary entries are provided in these languages:

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flag GB English entries
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Scope of this glossary; purpose of any glossary; special notations and scopes; sources used for this glossary; links to related glossaries (not yet).

This work started before Wikipedia came to life. Nowadays you may get very good answers about typographic issues starting at Indicate German de.wikipedia.orgi or flag GB en.wikipedia.org or even Flag FR fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typographie.

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[To top/bottom of page] Scope

The scope of this glossary is document processing, terminology, publishing, typography and character coding. From the area of hyper-documents only few terms are defined.

This glossary is in English (well, sort of). Translations of terms are provided as entry with references to the English definition.

[To top/bottom of page] Purpose of (any) glossary

The purpose of any glossary is to overcome the threat which mankind perpetuates since the days of Babel. In Genesis, chapter 11, verses 7 to 9 we read:

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speach.
So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth, and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel, because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth; and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

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= abc provides the long form of abbreviations and buzzwords
(adj|adv|n|prep|v) adjective | adverb | noun | preposition | verb
(pl) plural
[abc] Scope or defining authority of this term (see below)

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ANSI  Definition by American National Standards Institute
com Communications, data transfer
GUI Graphical User Interface
hyp Hypter-text, hyper-media, help systems
IBM Term used in IBM environments, coined by IBM
ISO Definition by International Standards Organisation
lex Definitions from lexicon
org Organisation, structures
pub Publications, typography, printing trade
sys Programming, computer systems, operating systems

[To top/bottom of page] Sources

This glossary is based on the author's collection of articles from various typographic publications, such as:

When ever possible, these are stated explicitly and links are provided.

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This entry will need quite a bit of research...

 

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