[in-ter-ak-tiv] /ˌɪn tərˈæk tɪv/

acting one upon or with the other.
of or relating to a two-way system of electronic communications, as by means of television or computer:
interactive communications between families using two-way cable television.
(of a computer program or system) with a human user, often in a conversational way, to obtain data or commands and to give immediate results or updated information:
For many years airline reservations have been handled by interactive computer systems.
allowing or relating to continuous two-way transfer of information between a user and the central point of a communication system, such as a computer or television
(of two or more persons, forces, etc) acting upon or in close relation with each other; interacting

1832, from interact, probably on model of active. Related: Interactivity.

If users receive real-time feedback from a computer so that they can modify the use of the machine, the hardware, software, or content, the system is said to be interactive.

A network simulation language.
[“Design and Implementation of a Pascal Based Interactive Network Simulation Language”, R. Lakshmanan, PhD Thesis, Oakland U, Rochester MI 1983].

A term describing a program whose input and output are interleaved, like a conversation, allowing the user’s input to depend on earlier output from the same run.
The interaction with the user is usually conducted through either a text-based interface or a graphical user interface. Other kinds of interface, e.g. using speech recognition and/or speech synthesis, are also possible.
This is in contrast to batch processing where all the input is prepared before the program runs and so cannot depend on the program’s output.


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