Type of site
|Internet encyclopedia project|
|Created by||Denis Howe, many contributors|
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing ( FOLDOC ) is an online, searchable, encyclopedic dictionary of computing subjects. 
History [ edit ]
FOLDOC was founded in 1985 by Denis Howe and was hosted by Imperial College London . In May 2015, the site was updated to state that it was "no longer supported by Imperial College Department of Computing". Howe has served as the editor-in-chief since the dictionary's inception, with visitors to the website able to make suggestions for additions or corrections to articles. 
Open sourcing [ edit ]
The dictionary incorporates the text of other free resources, such as the Jargon File , as well as covering many other computing-related topics. Due to its availability under the GNU Free Documentation License , a copyleft license, it has in turn been incorporated in whole or part into other free content projects, such as Wikipedia .
Recognition [ edit ]
- This site's brief 2001 review by a Ziff Davis publication begins "Despite this online dictionary’s pale user interface, it offers impressive functionality." 
- Oxford University Press knows of them,  and notes that it "is maintained by volunteers."
- A university tells its students that FOLDOC can be used to find information about "companies, projects, history, in fact any of the vocabulary you might expect to find in a computer dictionary." 
References [ edit ]
- ^ "About FOLDOC" .
- ^ Hodgkin, Adam. "How Web-Based Reference Books Are Evolving Beyond the Dictionary" . Archived from the original on 18 February 2012 . Retrieved 4 January 2009 .
- ^ "Free Online Dictionary of Computing" . ExtremeTech.com . Ziff Davis. 17 May 2001. Archived from the original on 26 September 2017 . Retrieved 26 September 2017 .
- ^ "Oxford Reference" . Oxford University Press. 2013.
- ^ "OC E-Resources - CUFTS - Sfu" . [ dead link ]