The ability to accept input from later versions of itself.
Forward compatibility is harder to achieve than backward compatibility, since, in the backward case, the input format is know whereas a forward compatible system needs to cope gracefully with unknown future features. An example of future compatibility is the stipulation that a web browser should ignore HTML tags it does not recognise.
See also extensible.
- Forward compatible
noun, Commerce. 1. delivery at a future date. noun 1. (in commerce) delivery at a future date
- Forward delta
The delta which, when combined with a version, creates a child version. See change management
noun 1. . noun 1. a dive from a position facing the water in which the diver jumps up from the springboard, rotating the body forward, and enters the water either headfirst or feetfirst.