Acronyms

Explore this list of computer acronyms used by webmasters, graphic designers, network professionals, search engine marketers, web developers, Internet writers, computer nerds, aspiring geeks and surfers.

We’ve all heard those pretentious IT managers and their overpaid underlings pontificating in acronymese during smoke breaks. XML is not supposed to be a spoken language. Understanding these computer acronyms should help you decrypt their conversations.

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3G Third-generation

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A

ACL Access Control List
AIF Audio Interchange Format
AID Advertiser ID
AIP Association of Internet Professionals
ANSI American National Standards Institute
AJAX Asynchronous JavaScript and XML
API Application Program Interface
ARP Address Resolution Protocol
ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ACE Accredited System Engineer
ASF Advanced Streaming Format
ASIN Amazon.com Standard Item Number
ASP Active Server Pages or Application Service Provider
ASPN Apple Solution Professionals Network
ATM Asychronous Transfer Mode

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B

B2B Business to Business
B2C Business to Consumer
BBS Bulletin Board System
bin Binary
bps Bits Per Second
BLOB Binary Large Object
BLOG Web Log
BSD Berkley Software Distribution

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C

CAD Computer Aided Design
CAT-5 Category 5
CCA Citrix Certified Administrator
CCDA Cisco Certified Design Associate
CCDP Cisco Certified Design Professional
CCEA Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator
CCI Citrix Certified Instructor
CCIP Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional
CCNP Cisco Certified Network Professional
CCNA Cisco Certified Network Administrator
CERN European Particle Physics Laboratory
CFML Cold Fusion Markup Language
CCSP Citrix Certified Sales Professional
CCIE Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
CSS Cascading Style Sheet
CGI Common Gateway Interface
CHAP Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol
CHMOD Change Mode
CHTML Compact HTML
CISSP Certified Information System Security Professional
CIW Certified Internet Webmaster
CMS Content Management System
CNA Certified Novell Administrator
CNE Certified Novell Engineer
COM Component Object Model
CORBA Common Object Request Broker Architecture
CPA Cost Per Action
CPM Cost Per Thousand Impressions
CPC Cost Per Click
CPU Central Processing Unit
CRM Customer Relationship Management
CSU Channel Service Unit
CSV Comma Separated Value
CTEC Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center
CTO Chief Technology Officer
CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator
CWNI Certified Wireless Network Integrator
CWNE Certified Wireless Networking Expert
CWNP Certified Wireless Network Professional
CYMK Cyan Magenta Yellow Black
CWP Certified Web Professional
CWSP Certified Wireless Security Professional

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D

DB Database
DBA Database Administrator
DBMS Database Management System
DCOM Distributed Component Object Model
DDE Dynamic Data Exchange
DDS Digital Data Storage
DIR Directory
DIVX Digital Video Express
DLC Data Link Control
DMOZ Directory Mozilla
DNS Domain Name Service
DHCP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
DHTML Dynamic Hyper Text Markup Language
DSU Data Service Unit
DTD Document Type Definition
DLL Dynamic Link Library
DOM Document Object Model
DRM Digital Restrictions Management
DSL Digital Subscriber Line

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E

ECMA European Computer Manufacturer’s Association
EOF End of File

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F

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FAT File Allocation Table
FDDI Fiber Distributed Data Interface
FFA Free For All
FSF Free Software Foundation
FTP File Transfer Protocol

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G

Gbps Giga Bits Per Second
GBps Giga Bytes Per Second
GHz Gigahertz
GIF Graphics Interchange Format
GIMP GNU Image Manipulation Program
GML Generalized Markup Language
GPL GNU Public License
GREP Global Regular Expression Print
GUI Graphical User Interface

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H

HCL Hardware Compatibility List
HDML Handheld Device Markup Language
HSB Hue Saturation Brightness
HTI Home Technology Integrator
HTML Hyper Text Markup Language
HTTP HTTP
HWG HTML Writers Guild

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I

IAAS Infrastructure as a Service
IAB Internet Architecture Board
IANA Assigned Numbers Authority
ICANN Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers
ICII Internet Certification Institute International
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
IETF Internet Engineering Task Force
IIS Internet Information Server
IMAP Internet Messaging Access Protocol
IPC Interprocess Communication
IPX Internetnetwork Packet Exchange
IRTF Internet Research Task Force
ISAPI Internet Server API
ISBN International Standard Book Number
ISDN Integrated Services Digital Network
ISO International Standards Organization
ISOC Internet Society
ISP Internet Service Provider
IT Information Technology
ITU International Telecomunications Union
IWA International Webmasters Association

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J

J2EE Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition
JAR Java Archive
JDBC Java Database Connectivity
JIT Just In Time
JDK Java Development Kit
JPEG Joint Photographics Expert Group
JSP Java Server Page
JVM Java Virtual Machine

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K

Kbps Kilo Bits Per Second
KBps Kilo Bytes Per Second
KDE K Desktop Environment

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L

LAMP Linux Apache MySQL PHP
LDAP Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
LILO Last In Last Out
LSI Latent Semantic Indexing

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M

MAC Media Access Control
Mbps Mega Bits Per Second
MBps Mega Bytes Per Second
MCAD Microsoft Certified Application Developer
MCDBA Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
MCSD Microsoft Certified Systems Developer
MCP Microsoft Certified Professional
MCSE Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
MFA Made for AdSense
MIB Management Information Base
MIME Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
MMC Microsoft Management Console
MOUS Microsoft Office User Specialist
MP3 MPEG Layer 3
MPEG Moving Picture Experts Group

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N

NAP Network Access Point
NCSA National Center for Supercomputing Applications
NIC Network Interface Card
NTFS NT File System

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O

OCS Open Content Syndication
ODBC Open Database Connectivity
ODP Open Directory Project
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OLE Object Linking and Embedding
OOP Object Oriented Programming
OPML Outline Processor Markup Language
OS Operating System
OSI Open System Interconnection
OSPF Open Shortest Path First

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P

PAD Portable Application Description
PDA Personal Digital Assistant
PDF Portable Document Format
PERL Practical Extraction and Report Language
PGP Pretty Good Privacy
PHP Hypertext Preprocessor
PID Publisher ID
PNG Portable Network Graphics
POP Post Office Protocol
PPC Pay Per Click
PPP Point to Point Protocol
PPTP Point to Point Tunneling Protocol
PR Page Rank

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Q

QOS Quality of Service

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R

RAID Redundant Array of Independent Disks
RAS Remote Access Server
RDBMS Relational Database Management System
RDF Resource Decription Framework
RFC Request For Comments
RGB Red, Green, Blue
RHCE Red Hat Certified Engineer
RHCP Red Hat Certified Professional
RIP Routing Information Protocol
RMON Remote Monitoring
ROI Return on Investment
RON Run of Network
ROS Run of Site
RSS Rich Site Summary
RTF Rich Text Format

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S

SAP Service Advertising Protocol
SAX Simple API for XML
SCNA Security Certified Network Architect
SCNP Security Certified Network Professional
SCP Security Certified Program
SDK Software Development Kit
SED Stream Editor
SGML Standard Generalized Markup Language
SEM Search Engine Marketing
SEO Search Engine Optimization
SERP Search Engine Results Page
SID Security Identifier
SLIP Serial Line Internet Protocol
SMIL Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language
SMP Simple Management Protocol
SMS Systems Management Server
SMTP Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SNA Systems Network Architecture
SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol
SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol
SPX Sequenced Packet Exchange
SQL Structure Query Language
SSH Secure Shell
SSI Server Side Include
SSL Secure Sockets Layer
SVG Scalable Vector Graphics

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T

TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
TFTP Trivial File Transfer Protocol
TLD Top Level Domain
TOS Terms of Service
TTL Time To Live

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U

UCE Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail (spam)
UDDI Universal Description, Discovery and Integration
UDP User Datagram Protocol
UI User Interface
UML Unified Modeling Language
UMTS Universal Mobile Telecommunications System
URL Uniform Resource Locator

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V

Veronica Very Easy Rodent Oriented Ntwk Index to Comp. Archives
VM Virtual Machine
VLAN Virtual LAN
VPN Virtual Private Network
VRML Virtual Reality Markup Language
VTAM Virtual Telecommunications Access Method

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W

W3C World Wide Web Consortium
WAIS Wide Area Information Server
WAN Wide Area Network
WAP Wireless Application Protocol
WBT Web-based Training
WECA Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance
WEP Wired Equivalency Privacy
WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization
WLAN Wireless Lan
Wi-Fi Wireless Fidelity
WM Webmaster
WML Wireless Markup Language
WSDL Web Services Description Language
WWW World Wide Web
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get

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X

XBRL Extensible Business Reporting Language
XHTML Extensible Hyper Text Markup Language
Xlink XML Linking Language
XLS Extensible Stylesheet Language
XSLT Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations
XML Extensible Markup Language
XQL XML Query Language
XSD XML Schema Definition
XUL Extensible User Interface Language

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Y

Y2K Year 2000

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