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A tabular display that appears in running text. See also figure.
An organized list of chapters, sections, and subsections in a document, and the page numbers on which they appear. See also front matter.
An organized list of figures in a document, and the page numbers on which they appear. See also front matter.
An organized list of tables in a document, and the page numbers on which they appear. See also front matter.
Informal knowledge developed and internalized over time that is not documented in any formal way. See also knowledge.
Assets that have physical substance, such as land, buildings, computing equipment, or cash. See also intangible assets.
An imposed date that constrains or otherwise modifies the network analysis.
The date that work is planned to finish on an activity.
The language into which a translation is made.
See schedule baseline.
The date that work is planned to start on an activity.
A well-defined piece of work that appears at the lowest level of detail of the project’s work breakdown structure. See also activity.
The process of defining the tasks that users perform when they use a product.
A list of the critical performance outputs required to meet the training goals.
An order issued by a procuring authority for work to be done under the terms of a basic agreement, basic ordering agreement, or master agreement.
Repetition of an idea in a different phrase, sentence, or word. See also rhetorical strategies.
A classification scheme for a body of knowledge, which defines relationships among the information. Also called controlled vocabulary.
The process of improving communication, motivation, performance, support, and trust within a team.
A reproduction of the original form of a page or portion of a publication; for example, an advertisement or article.
A blog on a specific technical subject. See also blog types.
A pathway for people interested in technical communication to find and navigate the huge amounts of knowledge in the technical communication profession.
The measurement of a technical proposal against the technical requirements and the rating factors stated in the solicitation. Cost can be considered as an indicator of understanding of technical requirements.
Using informational and promotional materials to attract potential buyers to a product, service, or organization. See also marketing types.
A comparison of technical accomplishments during project execution to the project plan’s schedule of technical achievement.
Descriptions of the operational parameters of the product, written to describe in detail the external interfaces (for example, user, file, and protocol interfaces) and the performance constraints (for example, memory, speed, and so on) without describing the internal structure of the system.
A documented, critical review performed by individuals who are technical experts in the subject matter to be reviewed and independent of the work being reviewed.
A document that describes, defines, or specifies the goods or services to be supplied and prescribes the requirements with which the product or service must conform.
Writing that clearly and concisely conveys complex information.
The movement of technical knowledge from one individual, organization, or purpose to another.
A phone meeting that has both audio and video.
A preformatted file that serves as a starting point for a new document.
A project document published after testing is complete, which identifies problems associated with the conduct of the test, whether or not the test was successfully completed, and areas that need to be retested. TEMPLATE
A process in which a system or selected components are compared with requirements and specifications through testing.
An execution environment configured for testing, which may consist of specific hardware, operating system, network topology, configuration of the product under test, other application or system software, and so on.
A specific test, usually the smallest unit of testing, which consists of information such as requirements testing, test steps, verification steps, prerequisites, outputs, test environment, and so on. Also, a set of test inputs, execution conditions, and expected results that are developed for a particular objective, such as to exercise a particular program path or to verify compliance with a specific requirement.
A guideline for developing detailed test cases in which all test conditions must satisfy a functional event. TEMPLATE
The hardware and software environment in which tests will be run, and any other software with which the software under test interacts. A controlled environment used for the specific purpose of testing and verifying software fixes.
A collection of use cases executed to validate correctness. TEMPLATE
A project document that specifies the scope, approach, controls, roles, resources, and schedule of intended organized testing activities. The plan identifies test items, the features to be tested, the testing tasks, who will do each task, and any risks requiring contingency planning. TEMPLATE
A document that provides detailed instructions for the setup, operation, and evaluation of one or more test cases.
A document that defines a set of test cases or test scripts and the sequence in which they are to be executed.
A project document that provides the instructions for a particular test that will be carried out by an automated test tool. TEMPLATE
Procedures developed within certain guidelines and with specific tools to allow testing to be conducted repetitively in the same manner and independent of the persons conducting the tests.
A document that specifies the test approach for a software feature or combination or features and the inputs, predicted results, and execution conditions for the associated tests.
A collection of tests used to validate a product's behavior.
See negative testing.
See positive testing.
The degree to which a system or component facilitates the establishment of test criteria and the performance of tests to determine whether those criteria have been met.
An HTML attribute that displays a block of text instead of an image on text-based browsers.
Continuing text on the next line when it would extend past the margin.
TARGA file format. See also bitmap graphics file formats.
A sample chosen to reflect a particular theory.
Printing that uses resin powder to take on the color of and raise the height of the underlying ink. Also called raised printing.
Testing that involves asking users to think out loud—what they are doing, feeling, and, thinking—as they are performing a task.
A series of blog posts on a specific topic.
A variation of top-down testing in which the progressive integration of components follows the implementation of subsets of the requirements, as opposed to the integration of components by successively lower levels.
A small version of a graphic image.
Tagged image file format. A cross-platform file format used to store high-quality graphics. See also bitmap graphics file formats.
The conscious control of time spent on activities in order to maximize productivity.
A type of contract that provides for the acquisition of products or services on the basis of direct labor hours, at specified fixed hourly rates, for wages; overhead; general and administrative (G&A) expenses and profit; and materials at cost, including materials handling costs.
The process of screening or adding white to a solid color to lighten that color.
The page at or near the front of a document that identifies its title and author. See also front matter.
Temporary file format.
See phase gate.
The attitude the speaker or writer has about a subject as revealed by the intonation of speech or the choice of vocabulary.
General, non-detailed projections often used to determine the range of possible project costs.
A cost estimate that begins with the top level of the work breakdown structure and works down to successively lower levels.
An approach to integration testing in which the component at the top of the component hierarchy is tested first, with lower-level components being simulated by stubs. Tested components are then used to test lower-level components. The process is repeated until the lowest-level components have been tested.
A modular approach to content creation which supports content reuse, content management, and the dynamic assembly of personalized information.
See global navigation.
The brand, product, vendor name, service, etc. that is most prominent in a consumer’s consciousness.
The sum of allowable direct and indirect costs that are allocable to the project and have been or will be incurred, less any allocable credits, plus any allocable costs of money. See also cost types.
An approach used to achieve continuous improvement in an organization’s processes and products.
Responses provided without any assistance to questions regarding a brand, company, message, and so forth.
A computer monitor that uses finger positioning on the screen to draw or select an object; for example, on an ATM machine.
The ability to maintain a recorded path between life cycle phases.
A document that shows the relationship between test requirements and test cases.
A name, symbol, or word used to identify and distinguish one organization’s product or service from another's.
A situation in which one or more parties to a negotiation willingly or unwillingly compromise, concede, or yield on issues.
An assessment in which students select responses from a matching list, multiple-choice list, or true/false list. See also alternative assessment.
See adult learning.
A project document that defines the objectives, needs, strategy, curriculum, plan, scope, environment, roles, and responsibilities for training needs for system/software development and installation. In addition, it describes the required activities for developing, conducting, and evaluating training. TEMPLATE
A payment of money or goods.
To change text from one language to another. See also computer-assisted translation, culture-sensitive translation, human translation, machine translation, semantic translation, sight translation, simultaneous translation, verbatim translation.
Software that stores words and phrases along with their translation to the target language, then offers the translator the stored translation when those words and phrases appear in new text.
Film that allows light to pass through a positive photographic image. Also called chrome, color transparency, tranny.
A diagram used in strategic decision making which starts with a single node, then adds branches to additional nodes that represent mutually exclusive decisions or events.
Use of mathematical techniques to forecast future outcomes based on historical results. Also, examination of project results over time to determine whether performance is improving or deteriorating.
See press proof.
Indications that a risk has occurred or is about to occur.
The size (length and width) of the printed material in its finished stage.
The term used to identify the three most important factors to consider in any project: time, cost, and scope (specifications).
A scalable type technology. See also PostScript.
A statistical test used to determine whether there is a statistically significant difference between the means of two data sets.
A system that is fully designed, integrated, installed, and tested, so it is ready to be used.
Self-paced instructional material that provides step-by-step directions for accomplishing a task or learning a concept.
A social networking site that combines the features of instant messaging and blogging.
Common text file format.
The error caused when a true null hypothesis is rejected.
The error caused when a false null hypothesis is accepted.
Short for typographical error.
The design and use of typefaces to enable visual communication.Return to Glossary home