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          Free On-line Dictionary of Computing
          
             FOLDOC is a searchable dictionary of acronyms, jargon,
             programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems,
             networking, theory, conventions, standards, mathematics,
             telecoms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects,
             products, history, in fact anything to do with computing.
          
             Copyright 1993 by Denis Howe
          
             Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this
             document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation
             License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the
             Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, Front-
             or Back-Cover Texts.  A copy of the license is included in the
             section entitled "{GNU Free Documentation License}".
          
             Please refer to the dictionary as "The Free On-line Dictionary
             of Computing, http://www.foldoc.org/, Editor Denis Howe" or
             similar.
          
             The dictionary has been growing since 1985 and now contains
             over 13000 definitions totalling nearly five megabytes of
             text.  Entries are cross-referenced to each other and to
             related resources elsewhere on the net.
          
             Where {LaTeX} commands for certain non-{ASCII} symbols are
             mentioned, they are described in their own entries.  "\" is
             also used to represent the Greek lower-case lambda used in
             {lambda-calculus}.  Cross-references to other entries look
             {like this}.  Note that not all cross-references actually lead
             anywhere yet, but if you find one that leads to something
             inappropriate, please let me know.  Dates after entries
             indicate when that entry was last updated.  They do not imply
             that it was up-to-date at that time.
          
             You can search the latest version of the dictionary by {WWW}
             (URL http://www.foldoc.org/).  If you find an entry that
             is wrong or inadequate please let me know.
          
             See {Pronunciation} for how to interpret the pronunciation
             given for some entries.
          
             (2000-05-18)
          
          Acknowledgements
          
             Many thanks to the hundreds of {contributors
             (contributors.html)}, and especially to the {Guest Editors
             (editors.html)}, mirror site maintainers and the maintainers
             of the following resources from which some entries originate:
          
             Mike Sendall's STING Software engineering glossary
             <sendall@dxpt01.cern.ch>, 1993-10-13,
          
             Bill Kinnersley's {Language List
             (http://cuiwww.unige.ch/langlist)} v2.2, 1994-01-15,
          
             Mark Hopkins' catalogue of Free Compilers and Interpreters
             v6.4, 1994-02-28,
          
             The on-line hacker {Jargon File} v3.0.0, 1993-07-27,
          
             Internet Users' Glossary (RFC 1392, FYI 18), Jan 1993.
          
             John Cross's computer glossary, 1994-11-01.
          
             John Bayko's Great Microprocessors of the Past and Present,
             v4.0.0, 1994-08-18.
          
             {Electronic Commerce Dictionary}.
          
             (1997-08-01)
          
          
  
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