Command Prompt for Windows




Glossary

The following definitions refer to commonly used terminology which is used though out the documentation.

Windows Operating SystemWindows refers to either Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 98 or Windows 95. When it is necessary to qualify a particular operating system then either Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 98 or Windows 95 is specified. Generally, there is no need to qualify an operating system. Typically, when a feature is not supported or operates differently under a particular operating system then a qualified name is specified.

Text Mode Type ProgramsText mode refers to all character based type programs, including DOS and console type programs. Console type programs are new to Windows NT and Windows 95. All other types of programs are referred to as non-text mode type programs. When it is necessary to qualify a particular type of text mode program then either DOS or console programs are specified. Typically, when a feature is not supported with a particular type of text mode program then a qualified name is specified.

File NamesFile names refer to both long and short file names. This depends on whether an operating system supports long file names. Short file names are commonly known as 8.3 file names, since the file name allows at most eight characters and the file extension allows at most three characters.
Text FilesText files can refer to either ANSI text files or Unicode text files. Both are transparently supported by the WinOne® Command Prompt. Unicode text file support refers to the UTF-16 little-endian file format that is native to Windows.