(ded kē) (n.) A key on a computer’s keyboard that when pressed by itself produces no output character but only works in conjunction with another key, effectively changing the output of the key that is pressed immediately after the dead key. For example, dead keys commonly are used when inputting characters with accent marks; the dead key is pressed, which indicates that the next letter input by the keyboard will appear with the accent mark. The dead key will modify only characters that are accepted in the language in which the user is typing. For example, if the user is typing a French word that contains an accented “e” and presses the dead key and then the letter “e,” the “e” will appear with an accent; however, if the letter “t” is pressed instead of “e,” the “t” will not appear since an accented “t” is not an accepted character in that language.
- dead pixel
A pixel on an LCD monitor that remains unlit, or black, when it should be activated and displaying a color. Each pixel on an LCD screen is made from three separate subpixels-one red, one green and one blue-that when combined form the colors that the users see on the monitor. A dead pixel occurs when […]
- Digg This
On many blogs including Typepad, Blogger, Live Journal, Moveable Type, and WordPress, the words “Digg This” may appear below a blog post as a hyperlink which readers can click to submit the post to the Digg Web site.
A community-based Web site where users submit content and rate that content by “Digging” what they see and like best. A submission that earns a larger number of Diggs, and therefore is more popular with users, is moved the Digg homepage for the category of content it belongs in. The Digg Web site was founded […]
Deathmatch, or DM, is a type of gameplay mode found in first-person-shooter games. The objective of a deathmatch is to frag as many players in the game as possible while keeping yourself from being fragged. When the game ends either by gamers reaching the end of the level or a preset time or frag count […]
(v.) To find and remove errors (bugs) from a software program. Bugs occur in programs when a line of code or an instruction conflicts with other elements of the code.