Glossary of Publishing and Business TermsThere are 59 entries in this glossary.
The ability to use a computer or program to store or retrieve information.
These are designed to carry out specific tasks for the user. They may be purchased from commercial software companies or written by computer staff.
American Standard Code for Information Interchange is a standard code used in computer telecommunication that allows computers to exchange text-based files.
The volume of data that a particular transmission channel can carry at once. There are several media for transmission; two types are twisted-pair telephone wires and fiber optics.
Short for “Web logs,” blogs are sites where a host or group of hosts can post articles about which readers can leave comments. Blogs typically feature links to their sources and, although opinion-based, they can be used to deliver hard news, personal journals, and other content.
Software that enables users to move around the World Wide Web to explore Web sites. Examples are Netscape and Internet Explorer.
An error that occurs in a computer program.
Estimate of the space, or number of printed pages, that a manuscript will occupy when typeset
A real-time typed conversation between two or more people over the Internet or a proprietary computer network such as America Online or CompuServe.
Short for Compositor, the layout specialists and typesetters who turn the manuscript into designed pages. Most of the large publishers use compositors based in India and China now.
Cover art is the illustration or photograph on the outside of a published product such as a book, magazine, comic book, product package, video game, DVD, CD, videotape, audio album, manual or brochure.
Entire collection of stored data.
A digital proof is a color prepress proofing method where a job is printed from the digital file to give a good approximation of what the final printed piece will look like.
Discussion forums invite users to comment and interact with each other. Discussion forums typically allow a broader range of users to initiate new discussions than do blogs. Discussion forums may allow users to post questions that the community can answer so that everyone can benefit from the answer. Yahoo! Answers is an example of a discussion forum implemented for this purpose.
The transfer or capture of data files from a database to the user’s computer storage area; to retrieve files from an external computer to one’s own computer.