Abbreviations & Acronyms

Like any industry, ours uses a variety of abbreviations and acronyms. If you want to find out what they mean, you are in the right place! Simply use the list below. If the abbreviation you are looking for is not in our list, please let us know and we will be glad to help as well as add it to our list.

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AA
Author's Alterations
AC
Author's Corrections
ADSL
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
AP
Author's Proof
ASCII
American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ATM
Asynchronous Transfer Mode
AV
Audio Visual
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B
Bytes
b
bits
B&W, BW
Black and White
BF
Bold Face
bit
Binary Digit
bpi
bits per inch
Bps, B/s
Bytes per second
BRI
Basic Rate Interface
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C
Cyan
C1S
Coated on one Side
C2S
Coated on two Sides
CAD
Computer Aided Design, or Computer Aided Drafting
cap(s)
CAPital letter(s), uppercase letters
CD
Compact Disk
CD-I
Compact Disk Interactive
CD-ROM
Compact Disk Read Only Memory
CGI
Common Gateway Interface
CGM
Computer Graphics Metafile
CIE
Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage
CIP3
International Cooperation for Integration of Prepress, Press and Postpress
cm
Centimeters
cm2
Square centimeters
CMS
Color Management System
CMYK
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black
comp
COMPrehensive design
CPI
Characters Per Inch
CPL
Characters Per Line
CPM
Copies Per Minute
CPP
Characters Per Pica
CPU
Central Processing Unit
CR
Carriage Return
CTP
Computer To Plate
CWT
hundred WeighT
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DAM
Digital Asset Management
DBMS
DataBase Management System
DDL
Document Description Language
DIN
Deutsch Industrie-Norm
DLL
Dynamic Link Library
DNS
Domain Name System
DP
Draft Proposal
DPI
Dots Per Inch
DTD
Document Type Definition
DTP
DeskTop Publishing
DVD
Digital Versatile Disk, Digital Video Disc
DVORAK
alternative keyboard layout
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EDP
Electronic Data Processing
e.g.
for example
EPPF
Encapsulated PrePress Format
EPS
Encapsulated PostScript
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fax
facsimile
F&G
Fold and Gather
flexo
flexography, flexographic
FPO
For Position Only
ft.
foot
FTP
File Transfer Protocol
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G
Giga, one billion
GB
GigaByte
Gb
Gigabit
Gbps
Gigabits per second
GIF
Graphics Interchange Format
gsm
grams per square meter
GUI
Graphical User Interface
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H&J
Hyphenation and Justification
hr.
hour
HTML
HyperText Markup Language
HSV
Hue, Saturation, and Value
HT
HalfTone
HTTP
Hypertext Transmission Protocol
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IBC
Inside Back Cover
ICR
Intelligent Character Recognition
i.e.
that is
IFC
Inside Front Cover
IFT
Ink Film Thickness
in.
inch
in.2
square inches
IP
Internet Protocol
IPH
Impressions Per Hour
IPS
Inches Per Second
ISBN
International Book Number
ISDN
Integrated Services Digital Network
ISO
International Standards Organization
ISSN
International Standard Serial Number
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JIT
Just In Time
JPEG, JPG
Joint Photographic Experts Group
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K
Kilo, one thousand
KB
KiloByte
Kb
Kilobit
kg
kilogram
KPH
Keystrokes Per Hour
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l.
line
LAN
Local Area Network
lb.
pound(s)
LC
LowerCase
litho
lithography, lithographic
LPC
Lines Per Centimeter
LPH
Lines Per Hour
LPI
Lines Per Inch
LUT
Look-Up Table
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M
Mega, one million, Magenta
m
meter, milli
MB
MegaByte
Mb
Megabit
MBS
MegaBytes per Second
MbS
Megabits per Second
mg
milligram
MICR
Magnetic Ink Character Recognition
MIME
Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
min.
minute(s)
MIPS
Million Instructions Per Second
MIS
Management Information Systems
modem
MOdulator-DEModulator
mm
millimeter
MS
manuscript
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n
nano, 0.000000001
NCR
No-Carbon-Required paper
NCS
Natural Color System
NetBIOS
Network Basic Input Output System
nm
nanometer, 0.1 Angstroms
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OA
Office Automation
OBC
Outside Back Cover
OBR
Optical Bar Reader/Recognition
OCR
Optical Character Recognition
ODR
Optical Dot Gain
OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer
OFC
Outside Front Cover
OK
OKay
OLE
Object Linking and Embedding
OMR
Optical Mark Reader/Recognition
OPI
Open Prepress Interface
ortho
orthochromatic
OS
Operating System
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p
pica
p., pp.
page(s)
par.
paragraph
PC
Personal Computer
PCL
Printer Control Language
PCR
Print Contrast Ratio
PDG
Physical Dot Gain
PDL
Page Description Language
PE
Printer's Error
pg.
page
PGP
Pretty Good Privacy
PIG
Process Ink Gamut chart
PING
Packet InterNet Groper
pixel
picture element
PMS
Pantone Matching System
PMT
Photo Mechanical Transfer
PO
Purchase Order, Position Only
Ppi
Pixels per inch
POP
Post Office Protocol, Point of Presence
POTS
Plain Old Telephone Service
PPM
Pages Per Minute
PPP
Point-to-Point Protocol
PRI
Primary Rate Interface
progs
progressive proofs
PS
PostScript
pt.
point
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QWERTY
standard keyboard layout
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R
Red
RAID
Redundant Array of Independent or Inexpensive Disks
RAM
Random Acces Memory
RC
Resin-Coated paper
RGB
Red, Green, Blue
RIP
Raster Image Processor
ROM
Read-Only Memory
ROP
Run Of Press
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SC
Small Caps
SCSI
Small Computer Systems Interface
SDSL
Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line
sec.
second
SEO
Search Engine Optimization
SGML
Standard Generalized Markup Language
SIC
Standard Industrial Classification
SMTP
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SNMP
Simple Network Management Protocol
SP
Space Character
SPDL
Standard Page Description Language
sq.
square
spool
simultaneous peripheral operation on line
S/S, S.S.
Same Size
SWOP
Specifications for Web Offset Publications
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T
Tera, one trillion
TB
TeraByte
Tb
Terabit
TCP
Transmission Control Protocol
TCP/IP
Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol
TI
Tone Index
TIF, TIFF
Tagged Image File Format
typo
typographic error
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U&LC
Upper and LowerCase
UART
Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter
UC
UpperCase
UCS
Uniform Color Space
USB
Universal Serial Bus
UUencode
Unix-to-Unix encode
UV
UltraViolet
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vol.
volume(s)
VPN
Virtual Private Network
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W2P
Web-To-Print
W3C
World Wide Web Consortium
WAN
Wide Area Network
W&B
Work and Back
WF
Wrong Font
WPM
Words Per Minute
W&T
Work and Turn
WWW
World Wide Web
WYSIWYG
What You See Is What You Get
WYSIWYP
What You See Is What You Print
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xDSL
all Digital Subscriber Lines
XML
eXtended Markup Language
XSL
Extensible Style Language
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Y
Yellow
YMC
Yellow, Magenta, Cyan
YMCK
Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, and Black
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