A modal window is any type of window that is a child (secondary window) to a parent window and usurps the parent’s control. It is commonly associated with an Internet Web site pop-up window that stays in front of the original window. A user may not press any controls or enter any information on the parent window (the original window which opened the modal) until the modal has been closed. A modal window is commonly used when the author wants to retain the user’s focus on the information in the modal as it is impossible for the user to interact with the other windows of the same process.
- modeless window
Similar to a modal window, a modeless window is a feature that was first introduced in Internet Explorer 5. It launches a secondary (child) window that stays active on the user’s screen until dismissed. Modeless windows can be minimized or hidden behind other windows. Unlike a modal window, a modeless window will allow the user […]
(n.) The state or setting of a program or device. For example, when a word processor is in insert mode, characters that you type are inserted at the cursor position. In overstrike mode, characters typed replace existing characters. The term mode implies a choice — that you can change the setting and put the system […]
Generally, the process of representing a real-world object or phenomenon as a set of mathematical equations. More specifically, the term is often used to describe the process of representing 3-dimensional objects in a computer. All 3-D applications, including CAD/CAM and animation software, perform modeling.
(mō´dem) (n.) Short for modulator-demodulator. A modem is a device or program that enables a computer to transmit data over, for example, telephone or cable lines. Computer information is stored digitally, whereas information transmitted over telephone lines is transmitted in the form of analog waves. A modem converts between these two forms. Standard Modem Interface […]
- moderated newsgroup
A newsgroup monitored by an individual or group (the moderator) who has the authority to block messages deemed inappropriate. Moderated newsgroups have fewer flames and less spam than unmoderated forums.