Review by Choice Review
To the many reference works (and myriad new editions) on computer terminology (not to mention telecommunications and multimedia), this new version of Houghton-Mifflin's Dictionary of Computer Words arrives, with "Internet" added to its title. Compared to the 1995 edition, 2001 carries a smaller font, revises old words, and adds new ones (e.g., "streaming audio," "streaming video," "MP3," "metatag," "Java," "digital camera," even "killer app"). The handy subject index has been dropped. Persons and companies are excluded; scope is limited to common words, acronyms, and abbreviations. Illustrations are few; cross-references abound. Compared to recent publications, Houghton includes fewer words but offers simpler definitions than Freedman's Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (2nd ed., CH, Dec'99). Microsoft Computer Dictionary (4th ed., 1999) is an excellent resource but is intended for practitioners and "informed laypersons." Libraries may weary of yet another computer dictionary, but this volume's appeal lies in its jargon-free simplicity from this publisher of the American Heritage dictionaries, known for their quality, accuracy, and clarity. Recommended for libraries in need of a current, though noncomprehensive, work written for general readers. L. B. Harris University of South Carolina--Lancaster
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