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LaserJet - a family of laser printers from
HP. See DeskJet.
LaserWriter - a family of Postscript-compatible
laser printers from Apple, credited with sparking
the DTP revolution.
lb - (pronounced "pound", not "lib")
an abbreviation for one US pound. There are 2.2 lbs per kilogram.
Lenin, Vladimir - deceased one-time ruler of
the Soviet Union. See Bruce Epstein.
Lennon, John - deceased one-time Beatle.
Husband of Yoko Ono. See Flaming Pie, Brian
lex - a lexical analyzer for UNIX,
used to parse input streams. See yacc.
Lex Luther - Superman's foe, played by Gene
Hackman in the movies
LF - See Line Feed,
CR, CR/LF, ASCII.
lib - a library file of
some sort. See castlib.
library - 1. a repository of information or
assets. A library file may hold the assets for an Authorware
project. 2. a collection of programming routines that provide commonly required
functionality, such as a C library or Windows libraries.
Limbo - the Internet-targeted programming language
from Bell Labs associated with Inferno, and
alleged next big thing. Refer to the newsgroup
line feed - 1. an attempt to pick up a woman
in a bar. 2. an ASCII character used to move
the cursor down to the next line. See LF,
Lingo - Director's
scripting language, modeled after
SmallTalk and similar to HyperTalk.
See Basic, C, FORTRAN,
LINGO.INI - an INI
file used by DfW (v 3.1 and higher), and DfM
(v 5.0 and higher). The LINGO.INI file usually includes a
handler. See DIRECTOR.INI, and refer
to the TechNote, "The
DIRECTOR.INI and LINGO.INI Files".
Lingo list - a type of Director
variable that lets you store multiple pieces
of data in a sequential list. Lists are convenient and fast. Referred to
as an array in other languages. See property
list, integer, string,
float. Refer to the TechNote,
"Working with Lingo Lists."
Lingo Xtra - a plug-in which adds new commands
to Director's Lingo language, such as the ability to
read and write files, as provided by the FileIO
Xtra. Lingo Xtras replace the older XObjects.
See Sprite Xtras, Tool
Xtras and Transition Xtras.
Linguist - 1. Noam Chomsky. See MIT.
2. a skilled Lingo programmer.
link - 1. the URL. associated
with a hot-spot on the web. 2. v. to jump to a
new location on the web, via a hyperlink.
2. v. to create an executable program with a linker.
linker - a program which assembles object
modules created by a compiler to create
a finalized executable.
Lion King - a CD from Disney
infamous for being buggy, and notable for the public relations problems
Lisa - business computer from Apple,
circa 1983, featuring a GUI. It was a commercial
failure, but led to the more successful Macintosh.
list - 1. n. a Lingo list.
2. n. a mailing list. 3. n. a piece of
paper showing the food you need to buy at the supermarket. 4. v. to lean.
list server - a program which manages one
or more mailing lists. By sending commands
to the list server's e-mail address, you can subscribe or unsubscribe to
the list, receive help, or obtain past messages.
LLC - Limited Liability Corporation,
a type of corporation. See NOLO Press, Ivan
local variable - a variable
whose scope is limited to the handler
in which it is defined or used. Synonymous with temporary
variable. See global variable.
LOL - Laugh Out Loud , common
e-mail abbreviation indicating that the writer
thought that the original statement was very funny. Rarely used when you
are making a joke yourself. See :) (smiley),
<g> (grin), ROFL,
look-and-feel - 1. the characteristic
features and/or components of a user interface,
such as menus and icons.
Apple sued Microsoft
and HP because the look-and-feel of Windows
was too similar to that of the Mac OS, which
Apple had previously appropriated from Xerox
PARC. See interface. 2. two things you
have to pay for in a strip joint.
LPT1 - the first Line PrinTer
parallel port on a PC. See LPT2,
LPT2 - the second Line PrinTer
parallel port on a PC. See LPT1,
LSD - 1. LySergic acid Diethylamide.
The first ever acid trip was taken by its inventor Swiss Chemist Albert
Hoffman on April 16, 1943 some 5 years after its synthesis. See Uncle
Cid. 2. Little Sister Director. 3. Lucy
in the Sky with Diamonds. See Beatles.
luggable - an early Compaq
computer which was portable only in the technical sense, weighing about
30 pounds, and being the size of a suitcase, as well as requiring a power
Lycos - an
internet search engine. See Yahoo,
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