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Saddle Stitch
A simple way of assembling a small booklet or magazine with a wire stitch through the fold. You may call it stapling but printers call it stitching.

Screenshot
A 'snapshot' image of the screen as it appears on a computer monitor. Screenshots are used in our Guides and Quick Tours to illustrate how features appear when using our site and are enhanced with arrows and descriptive text to clarify functions and operations.

Screen Printing
This is a process where the ink is transferred to the printing surface by being squeezed through a fine fabric sheet stretched on a frame. The screen carries a stencil which defines the image area. The process can be manual or mechanical but is most suitable for short runs. Screen printing is usually used for large poster work and display material. It comes into its own when printing to difficult or unusual surfaces such as clothing or plastic objects. It is often referred to as silkscreen printing although the screens are generally made from artificial fibres.


Search Engine
A search engine is a searchable online database of Internet resources.

Search Filters
Search controllers and modifiers that refine searches at AbleStable®.

Secure Credit Card Transactions
When goods are bought on the Internet, there are two main systems which are used to transfer credit card details securely: SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and SET (Secure Electronic Transactions). These processes encrypt the transaction details in order for them to be sent securely over the Net and then decrypt them at the sales point.

Serious Music
A dubious term to describe art music and increase it's status within certain intellectual communities. By using this term it follows that popular music is classed as 'not serious' and of less worth, a view that is highly problematical.

Server
A computer or device on a network that manages network resources.

Servlet
An applet that runs on a server. The term usually refers to a Java applet that runs within a Web server environment. This is analogous to a Java applet that runs within a Web browser environment.

Share
A network share is a location on a computer network, typically allowing multiple computer users on the same network to have a centralized space on which to store files (i.e. documents, spreadsheets, etc).

Shareware
Software distributed on the basis of an honour system. Most shareware is delivered free of charge, but the author usually requests that you pay a fee if you like the program and use it regularly or after a specified trial period.


Sheet Fed
A press which prints by taking up one sheet at a time. This is the system you are most likely to come across. The opposite of 'web' (printing).


Simile
A simile is a figure of speech where X is compared to Y, using the words 'as' or 'like': his skin is like ice, his breath is like fire.


Skill
A special ability and expertise required for a Discipline (for example, a proficiency using a particular make of software).

People begin their search for creative people at AbleStable® by first selecting a 'Creative Area'. A Creative Area is a broad category of creative activity (for example 'Design'). Within each Creative Area there are many 'Disciplines' (for example 'Web Design'). A Discipline at AbleStable® is defined as a specialism within a particular creative field. A certain Discipline may require many 'Skills'.

In summary, the path to finding a creative person at AbleStable® is to filter choices by:
Creative Area/s > Discipline/s > Skill/s.

SMTP
The Internet protocol for sending and receiving email.

Softgoods
The term for downloadable goods (software etc).

Spiders
Programs that automatically crawl and fetch web pages over the Internet, before feeding the results to search engines and web sites.

Spam
Unwelcome and unsolicited e-mail.

Stock
A general term for any paper or board which is used as a printed surface.

SQL
SQL Server 2000 is Microsoft's relational database management system (RDBMS). AbleStable® uses SQL Server 2000 throughout their site which delivers very high functionality.

SSL
Software called Secure Sockets Layer that encrypts information before sending it via the Internet.

Sub Site
A distinct area of a web site that appears separate from other areas of the main site. Some web sites mistakenly name these sub sites as web sites in their own right.

Synchronize
Synchronize is when files are copied to and from the source and destination. After a synchronization the source and destination should contain the same files and directories, i.e. are a mirror of each other.


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