Sorry, Joe, I want "common programmer terms" for "platform, program, etc",
i.e. terms common to all programmers, not just J-ers.

Especially not J-ers!

I tried looking up some of these terms in the Oxford Dictionary of English
(courtesy Apple) and I'm impressed. It seems it has authoritative but
straightforward meanings under the subheading "Computing" for all I've tried

But I'm still hoping to hear what ISO standard people on this list use, or
some standards body. I'm taking the baffled silence to mean that nobody has
ever used such a list. The fabled precision of IT professionals doesn't
extend to terminology, it seems.

Such lists exist. I've seen them – though only in German, and that was
decades ago. Documenters need them for the purpose of translating manuals.
Though maybe the whole thing is still woolly, like it was in my day. An
Arab once told me he always used the English manual because he couldn't
make head or tail of the Arabic one.

On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 2:57 PM, Joe Bogner <> wrote:

> I went back and looked at some of the existing material
> This seems to be a good list of definitions with examples:
> This text seems devoid of too many terms:
> Of course, I'm not reading these with "beginner eyes" so both may still
> need to be unpacked more
> On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 7:28 AM, Ian Clark <> wrote:
> > It's absurdly difficult to write a good "first-contact" text for J
> without
> > reference to a single accepted source of definitions like: platform,
> > program, app, script, variable, constant, function, array, string,
> > character, number …
> >
> > Is there an ISO standard for common programmer terms (in English)?
> >
> > If the answer is: legion (…my first impression) – then is there one that
> > stands out for you?
> >
> > I have an operational need for a weblink to a good clear published free
> > authoritative text. To avoid cluttering this thread, please don't offer
> > your own definitions of the above terms here (although of course I'd be
> > frightfully interested to hear them one day.)
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