Three Letter Abbreviations
in Computer Science
and Computer Technology
The Abbreviation Phenomenon
There are a possible 17576 three letter abbreviations (using only the 26
letters of the standard alphabet). I must have come across at least several
thousand different ones in the past fifteen years of reading, hacking and
programming. Computer people have some kind of preference in the use of
abbreviations. Probably because programmers hate to type more than 2..4
characters at any given time when they are working (just take a look at the
unix command set and their source files, then you know what I mean...). One
problem never seemed to get solved; what do all those abbreviations mean? Do
you know? I don't. Maybe this is why the DDJ
had an editorial series about the TLA phenomenon a few years ago. It
certainly seemed to be a good idea to make a complete dictionary about all
the TLAs that were and are in use. You, as reader of these www pages, are
encouraged to participate in the completion of the complete TLA dictionary.
There are 109 TLAs (0.62%) in the dictionary at the moment
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Here are the links to all TLAs available:
If you have an interesting TLA to add to the collection, then fill out
There are also a few TLAs that popped up somewhere in the past and everybody
has seemed to forgotten the meaning. If you are interested in solving the
misteries of lost and unsolved TLAs, then take a look
at the unsolved TLAs and mail the correct answer.
All information contained in The TLA Dictionary on
the www pages is "AS IS". No guarantee is
given to the correctness of any particular explaination of the abbreviations and
explainations may contain the author's point of view. Some abbreviations may be
in use as legal trademarks or copyrighted by other use or means. No attempt has
been made nor will be made to point out commercial links of any abbreviation.
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