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A computer abbreviation: 'transport control program/Internet protocol.' It refers to the well-defined system of protocols used for communication over the Internet.

Text Editor
A program for creating and editing document files in basic ASCII format. This is distinct from a word processor, which is designed for more complex formatting and layout operations. ASCII text is the lowest common denominator of document communication, and can be understood by all computers.

The Fold (used in web design)
The visible screen area of an average sized monitor that can be viewed without the need to scroll.

'Tagged image file format.' A type of bitmap file. TIFF files may contain multiple images, and support a variety of colour depths and may use compression.

The quality of sound: the difference between the same note (pitch) on different instruments (see 'tone' below). Timbre is made up of three elements: 1) the particular combinations of harmonics; 2) the sound envelope - the notes attack, decay, sustain and release; and 3) the resonance of the sound.

The essential element of music.

A synonym of 'timbre' (see above).

Microsoft Windows jargon for a little explanatory message that pops up when the user moves the mouse cursor over a button on a toolbar.

The preferred medium for photographs intended for printing. Transparencies generally have sharper images and better colour than photographic prints. The three most common sizes are 'five-by-four', 'two-and-a-quarter' (both in inches) and 35mm - the same size as your holiday slides.

True Colour
Every visible colour of light can be represented by a combination of primary colours, e.g., red, green and blue. If a display system is able to represent the intensities of each primary colour separately it is referred to as a 'true colour' system.

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