(1) In word processing, the last line of a paragraph that appears as the first line of a page. Widows are considered bad form in page layout, so many word processors allow you to avoid them. When the word processor detects a widow, it can end the page one or more lines early so that at least the last two lines from the paragraph start the next page. Some word processors avoid widows by moving all the lines on the page closer together so that the last line can fit on the same page.
The converse of a widow is an orphan, the first line of a paragraph appearing as the last line of a page.
(2) The last line of a paragraph that is much shorter than all the other lines in the paragraph.
- Wi-Fi phone
A cellular telephone that’s capable of connecting to the Internet through a Wi-Fi network or hotspot is frequently referred to as a Wi-Fi phone. Wi-Fi mobile phones enable a person to make calls, send and receive text messages, receive voicemail and access the Internet when connected to a Wi-Fi network. A second category of Wi-Fi […]
) (pronounced wee-moat) The wireless, remote-control-style controller for Nintendo’s next generation games console, the Nintendo Wii.
(n.) A collaborative Web site comprises the perpetual collective work of many authors. Similar to a blog in structure and logic, a wiki allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content that has been placed on the Web site using a browser interface, including the work of previous authors. In contrast, a blog, typically authored […]
- wildcard character
A special symbol that stands for one or more characters. Many operating systems and applications support wildcards for identifying files and directories. This enables you to select multiple files with a single specification. For example, in DOS and Windows, the asterisk (*) is a wild card that stands for any combination of letters. The file […]
Win.com is the executable file responsible for Windows start-up. It runs after the autoexec.bat file is processed, and it accesses the VMM32.vxd file. In a Windows 3.x environment, the win.com file is executed by typing “win” in the DOS prompt. In version 9x OSs, win.com runs automatically.