Glossary of terms related to documentation, typography and printing
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This work started before Wikipedia came to life. Nowadays you may get very good answers about typographic issues starting at de.wikipedia.orgi or en.wikipedia.org or even fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typographie.
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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.
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.
|= abc||provides the long form of abbreviations and buzzwords|
|(adj|adv|n|prep|v)||adjective | adverb | noun | preposition | verb|
|[abc]||Scope or defining authority of this term (see below)|
|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|
|pub||Publications, typography, printing trade|
|sys||Programming, computer systems, operating systems|
This glossary is based on the author's collection of articles from various typographic publications, such as:
- Xerox Corporation: Desktop Publishing Standards, Desk Top Publishing Glossary. 1991
- Desktop Publishing. User Publications Inc. 1985
When ever possible, these are stated explicitly and links are provided.
This entry will need quite a bit of research...