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The Incomplete Guide to Common Web Acronyms

by Jason M. DesRoches

Part I: Developer & Technical Acronyms

Acronyms, they can be found pretty much everywhere, and the Internet is no exception. It's pretty easy to get lost in all the shortcuts that some people just take for granted as "common knowledge". So the next time you get an email with a strange string of letters that that you just don't understand, remember our list of common web acronyms. Press cntrl-d now so bookmark this page for later.

The below acronyms are commonly overheard by webmasters, computers techs, and network engineers. Don't get lost in the language. Learn this page!

Developer & Technical Acronyms

ADSL Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
ARC Address Resolution Client 
ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange 
ASP Active Server Page
BASIC Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code 
BCC Blind Carbon Copy
BBS Bulletin Board System
BPS Bits Per Second
BMP Bitmap
CAD Computer-Aided Design 
CC Carbon Copy
CD ROM Compact Disk Read Only Memory
CGI Common Gateway Interface
CPU Central Processing Unit 
CODEC Compression/Decompression Module 
COBOL Common Business Oriented Language 
CSS Cascading Style Sheet 
DBMS Database Management System 
DHTML Dynamic Hyper-Text Markup Language
DIMM Dual In-Line Memory Module 
DLL Dynamic Link Library 
DOS Disk Operating System
DSL Digital Subscriber Line 
DVD Digital Video Disk
EMAIL Electronic Mail
EXE Executable (File Name Extension) 
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FIFO First In, First Out 
FTP File Transfer Protocol
GIF Graphic Interchange Format 
GUI Graphical User Interface 
HDD Hard Disk Drive
HTML Hyper Text Markup Language
HTTP Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
ICQ I Seek You
IE Internet Explorer
IMAP Internet Message Access Protocol 
IRC Internet Relay Chat
IRQ Interrupt Request 
ISDN Integrated Services Digital Network
ISP Internet Service Provider
IT Information Technology 
JPG/JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group
JDK Java Development Kit
LAN Local Area Network
LINUX Linus Torvald's UNIX 
MIDI Musical Instrument Digital Interface
MIME Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
MODEM MOdulator, DEModulator
MP3 Moving Picture Experts Group Layer-3 Audio 
MPG/MPEG Moving Picture Experts Group 
NOC Network Operations Center
OLE Object Linking & Embedding 
PING Packet Internet Groper
POP Point of Presence or Post Office Protocol
PPP Point to Point Protocol
PSTN Public Switched Telephone Network
NN Netscape Navigator
NNTP Network News Transport Protocol
PERL Practical Extraction Real Language
PHP Hypertext Preprocessor
PIXEL Picture Element 
PSP Paint Shop Pro
RAM Random Access Memory
RISC Reduced Instruction Set Computer 
RDBMS  Relational Database Management System
ROM Read Only Memory
SSH Secured Shell 
SLIP Serial Line Internet Protocol
SMDS Switched Multimegabit Data Service
SMTP Simple Mail Transport Protocol
SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol
SQL Standard Query Language
SSI Server Side Includes
SSL Secure Sockets Layer
SWF Shockwave File Extension 
TCL Tool Command Language
TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
TTL Time To Live (TCP) 
TLD Top Level Domain
UNIX Uniplexed Information and Computer Systems
URL Uniform Resource Locator
UUENCODE Unix to Unix Encoding
WAIS Wide Area Information Servers
WAN Wide Area Network
WAV Windows Audio Volume 
WWW World Wide Web
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get
XHTML Extensible HyperText Markup Language
XML Extensible Markup Language

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