Refers to a computer’s ability to produce sound that resembles human speech. Although they can’t imitate the full spectrum of human cadences and intonations, speech synthesis systems can read text files and output them in a very intelligible, if somewhat dull, voice. Many systems even allow the user to choose the type of voice — for example, male or female. Speech synthesis systems are particularly valuable for seeing-impaired individuals.
- spell checker
A program that checks the spelling of words in a text document. Spell checkers are particularly valuable for catching typos, but they do not help much when your misspelling creates another valid word; for example, you type too instead of to. Many word processors come with a built-in spell checker, but you can also purchase […]
A program that automatically fetches Web pages. Spiders are used to feed pages to search engines. It’s called a spider because it crawls over the Web. Another term for these programs is webcrawler. Because most Web pages contain links to other pages, a spider can start almost anywhere. As soon as it sees a link […]
- spider trap
(spī´dër trap) (n.) A condition of dynamic Web sites in which a search engine��s spider becomes trapped in an endless loop of code where a spider��s request for a page from a Web server is met with a the server��s request for an information input from the spider, which cannot provide information to the server […]
(n.) Also spelled as spIM, spam over instant messaging (IM). Spim is perpetuated by bots that harvest IM screen names off of the Internet and simulate a human user by sending spam to the screen names via an instant message. The spim typically contains a link to a Web site that the spimmer is trying […]
- spin stabilization
In satellite communications, spin stabilization is a method of satellite stabilization and attitude control. Spin stabilization is achieved by spinning the exterior of the spacecraft on its axis at a fixed rate.