The Informatics Handbook

A guide to multimedia communications and broadcasting

  • Stewart Fist

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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    Pages 1-11
  3. A
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    Pages 13-58
  4. B
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    Pages 59-96
  5. C
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    Pages 97-166
  6. D
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    Pages 167-219
  7. E
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    Pages 221-250
  8. F
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    Pages 251-290
  9. G
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    Pages 291-308
  10. H
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    Pages 309-332
  11. I
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    Pages 333-366
  12. J
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    Pages 367-370
  13. K
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    Pages 371-376
  14. L
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    Pages 377-404
  15. M
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    Pages 405-448
  16. N
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    Pages 449-466
  17. O
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    Pages 467-484
  18. P
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    Pages 485-536
  19. Q
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    Pages 537-542
  20. R
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    Pages 543-574

About this book


This is not a dictionary - and nor is it an encyclopedia. It is a reference and compendium of useful information about the converging worlds of computers, communications, telecommunications and broadcasting. You could refer to it as a guide for the Information Super Highway, but this would be pretentious. It aims to cover most of the more important terms and concepts in the developing discipline of Informatics - which, in my definition, includes the major converging technologies, and the associated social and cultural issues. Unlike a dictionary, this handbook makes no attempt to be 'prescriptive' in its definitions. Many of the words we use today in computing and communications only vaguely reflect their originations. And with such rapid change, older terms are often taken, twisted, inverted, and mangled, to the point where any attempt by me to lay down laws of meaning, would be meaningless. The information here is 'descriptive' - I am concerned with usage only. This book therefore contains keywords and explanations which have been culled from the current literature - from technical magazines, newspapers, the Internet, forums, etc. This is the living language as it is being used today - not a historical artifact of 1950s computer science.


communication computer information multimedia production telecommunication telecommunications

Authors and affiliations

  • Stewart Fist
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  1. 1.Australia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Stewart Fist 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-72530-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-2093-1
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