Short for Alternate key, the Alt key is like a second Control key. Not all computer keyboards have an Alt key, but it is standard on all PCs. You use it in the same fashion as the Control key — holding it down while you press another key. For example, an instruction to use the Alt+P combination means that you should hold the Alt key down while pressing and then releasing the P key. The meaning of any Alt key combination depends on which application is running.
On Macintoshes, the equivalent key is called the Option key.
- Alta Vista
The name of a software firm associated with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Alta Vista offers software products you can use to locate and manage information on the Internet or a private computer network that uses Internet tools (an intranet). The best known product from this company is the Alta Vista Search system that anyone can […]
An open source Web browser editor that authors can use to create and update documents on the Web. Amaya offers integration between browsing and editing features in a single environment. Amaya started at W3C in 1996 as HTML plus CSS style sheets editor. Currently, it supports XML and a number of XML applications, such as […]
- Amazon EC2
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- Ambient Air Temperature
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- America Online
A popular online service. It is often abbreviated as AOL.