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WAN (Wide Area Network) Similar to a LAN except that the machines can be separated by great distances. An example of a WAN is the telephone cabling system that covers the entire globe. Computers can use this network to exchange data just as humans use it to communicate by voice.

wide area network See WAN.

width (Column and Parameter Properties, layout objects) The width of a column, parameter, or layout object. Width is measured in characters; a space is a character.

wildcard (1) A character used to mean 'any one character' or 'a contiguous set of characters' within a word or phase. See also internal character masking. (2) A powerful concept for performing a query to match certain requirements precisely. The two wildcards available, the underscore _ and the percentage symbol %, may be placed in a character string to enable you to select specific values for the parameters in a report or query. The term 'fuzzy' matching is often used to include this and other searching mechanisms.

window (1) A rectangular area of the desktop that contains an application, a document, or a part of an Oracle Data Browser query. Each window has an area where you can interact with the application. Windows can be opened, resized, moved, reduced to an icon, or enlarged to fill the entire desktop. (2) A SQL*Forms object in which one or more canvases are displayed at runtime. (3) In SQL*Forms (Design), a portion of the screen used to display information or choices regarding the current task. When a window is no longer needed it disappears and the information it covered is revealed again.

Windows menu The Windows menu lists all of the SQL*ReportWriter windows that are currently open. By selecting one of the windows listed in the menu, you activate, or move to the front, that window.

word list A list of all the useful words in the text file. See also inverted index.

worker task A TCB attached to the ORACLE address space that performs certain database requests.

workgroup The name given to the members of the same LAN, sharing the same programs and files, and, most likely, coordinating tasks and workload. Usually associated with PC LANs.

workstation Name given to a client PC on a LAN.

Working Style Requirement A definition of a manner of working which may apply to different roles of user when performing business functions; for example, use of a few simple easy-to-use buttons for shop-floor working, use of sophisticated workstations for designers.

wrapper code Code generated by the Procedural Gateway Builder that contains datatype conversion code and calls to the target system 3GL routines, and must be compiled and linked as part of the gateway server.

wrapping A reporting or output feature in which a portion of text is moved to a new line when the entire text does not fit on one line.

writing down The ability to write to objects at a lower label.

writing up The ability to write to objects at a higher label.

WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) Acronym used in the computer industry to refer to an application with data that appears on a printed page exactly as it appears on the computer's screen.




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