ADF Automatic Document Feeder. Commonly used with MFP, network scanners and desktop scanners for converting paper into a document management solution.
ADSL Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. A method used in broadband connection technology for moving data over regular phone lines. An ADSL circuit is much faster than a regular phone connection, and the wires coming into the subscriber’s premises are the same (copper) wires used for regular phone service.
Affinity User Also may be named “Round Robin”. Commonly used in a document management business process workflow for enabling the workflow engine the duty of assigning new tasks to a group or community of users.
AIIM International Association for Information and Image Management. US association representing the enterprise content management sector of the IT industry worldwide (www.aiim.org).
Alphanumeric Relating to a character set comprising letters and numbers.
American National Standards Institute See ANSI
American Standard Code for Information Interchange See ASCII
Annotation The attachment of notes to images or graphics.
ANSI American National Standards Institute (www.ansi.org).
API Application Programming Interface. High level programming function which is used to assist one program to communicate with another. A document management system vendor will provide an API to help programmers integrate that system with other applications and use other applications to control the document management system.
DocuLex WebSearch and Goby Capture both offer an API for 3rd party product integration.
Appliance A number of industry players have already leveraged the virtual appliance, but not all of these appliances are in the cloud. Given the benefits the cloud promises, making that move in the near future is a certainty for quite a few companies. Many email archiving and document management software solutions are delivered as an appliance, basically pre-installed in a server.
Architecture The way a computer system is designed and its components connected together.
ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange. A standard table of 7-bit codes for digital representation of letters, numbers and special control characters. ASCII is used for the storage of alphanumeric information in most PC and RISC computer systems.
ASP Application Service Provider.
Aspect ratio Ratio of the height to width of a page, display screen, image frame, etc.
Association for Information and Image Management See AIIM
ATM Asynchronous Transfer Mode. A network technology based on transferring data in cells or packets of a fixed size.
Audit trail A record of the activity that has occurred to a certain file/document that may be kept for legal reasons.
Auto Categorization and Classification Software that, after training or setup, can automatically read the content of a document categorize it and classify it as belonging to one or more categories and classifications based on business rules defined by users.