Abbreviations & Acronyms

Like any industry, ours uses a variety of abbreviations and acronyms. If you want to find out what they mean, you are in the right place! Simply use the list below. If the abbreviation you are looking for is not in our list, please let us know and we will be glad to help as well as add it to our list.

AA – Author’s Alterations
AC – Author’s Corrections
ADSL – Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
AP – Author’s Proof
ASCII – American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ATM – Asynchronous Transfer Mode
AV – Audio Visual

B – Bytes
b – bits
B&W, BW – Black and White
BF – Bold Face
bit – Binary Digit
bpi – bits per inch
Bps, B/s – Bytes per second
BRI – Basic Rate Interface

C – Cyan
C1S – Coated on one Side
C2S – Coated on two Sides
CAD – Computer Aided Design, or Computer Aided Drafting
cap(s) – CAPital letter(s), uppercase letters
CD – Compact Disk
CD-I – Compact Disk Interactive
CD-ROM – Compact Disk Read Only Memory
CGI – Common Gateway Interface
CGM – Computer Graphics Metafile
CIE – Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage
CIP3 – International Cooperation for Integration of Prepress, Press and Postpress
cm – Centimeters
cm2 – Square centimeters
CMS – Color Management System
CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black
comp – COMPrehensive design
CPI – Characters Per Inch
CPL – Characters Per Line
CPM – Copies Per Minute
CPP – Characters Per Pica
CPU – Central Processing Unit
CR – Carriage Return
CTP – Computer To Plate
CWT – hundred WeighT

DAM – Digital Asset Management
DBMS – DataBase Management System
DDL – Document Description Language
DIN – Deutsch Industrie-Norm
DLL – Dynamic Link Library
DNS – Domain Name System
DP – Draft Proposal
DPI – Dots Per Inch
DTD – Document Type Definition
DTP – DeskTop Publishing
DVD – Digital Versatile Disk, Digital Video Disc
DVORAK – alternative keyboard layout

EDP – Electronic Data Processing
e.g. – for example
EPPF – Encapsulated PrePress Format
EPS – Encapsulated PostScript

fax – facsimile
F&G – Fold and Gather
flexo – flexography, flexographic
FPO – For Position Only
ft. – foot
FTP – File Transfer Protocol

G – Giga, one billion
GB – GigaByte
Gb – Gigabit
Gbps – Gigabits per second
GIF – Graphics Interchange Format
gsm – grams per square meter
GUI – Graphical User Interface

H&J – Hyphenation and Justification
hr. – hour
HTML – HyperText Markup Language
HSV – Hue, Saturation, and Value
HT – HalfTone
HTTP – Hypertext Transmission Protocol

IBC – Inside Back Cover
ICR – Intelligent Character Recognition
i.e. – that is
IFC – Inside Front Cover
IFT – Ink Film Thickness
in. – inch
in.2 – square inches
IP – Internet Protocol
IPH – Impressions Per Hour
IPS – Inches Per Second
ISBN – International Book Number
ISDN – Integrated Services Digital Network
ISO – International Standards Organization
ISSN – International Standard Serial Number

JIT – Just In Time
JPEG, JPG – Joint Photographic Experts Group

K – Kilo, one thousand
KB – KiloByte
Kb – Kilobit
kg – kilogram
KPH – Keystrokes Per Hour

l. – line
LAN – Local Area Network
lb. – pound(s)
LC – LowerCase
litho – lithography, lithographic
LPC – Lines Per Centimeter
LPH – Lines Per Hour
LPI – Lines Per Inch
LUT – Look-Up Table

M – Mega, one million, Magenta
m – meter, milli
MB – MegaByte
Mb – Megabit
MBS – MegaBytes per Second
MbS – Megabits per Second
mg – milligram
MICR – Magnetic Ink Character Recognition
MIME – Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
min. – minute(s)
MIPS – Million Instructions Per Second
MIS – Management Information Systems
modem – MOdulator-DEModulator
mm – millimeter
MS – manuscript

n – nano, 0.000000001
NCR – No-Carbon-Required paper
NCS – Natural Color System
NetBIOS – Network Basic Input Output System
nm – nanometer, 0.1 Angstroms

OA – Office Automation
OBC – Outside Back Cover
OBR – Optical Bar Reader/Recognition
OCR – Optical Character Recognition
ODR – Optical Dot Gain
OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer
OFC – Outside Front Cover
OK – OKay
OLE – Object Linking and Embedding
OMR – Optical Mark Reader/Recognition
OPI – Open Prepress Interface
ortho – orthochromatic
OS – Operating System

p – pica
p., pp. – page(s)
par. – paragraph
PC – Personal Computer
PCL – Printer Control Language
PCR – Print Contrast Ratio
PDG – Physical Dot Gain
PDL – Page Description Language
PE – Printer’s Error
pg. – page
PGP – Pretty Good Privacy
PIG – Process Ink Gamut chart
PING – Packet InterNet Groper
pixel – picture element
PMS – Pantone Matching System
PMT – Photo Mechanical Transfer
PO – Purchase Order, Position Only
Ppi – Pixels per inch
POP – Post Office Protocol, Point of Presence
POTS – Plain Old Telephone Service
PPM – Pages Per Minute
PPP – Point-to-Point Protocol
PRI – Primary Rate Interface
progs – progressive proofs
PS – PostScript
pt. – point

standard keyboard layout

R – Red
RAID – Redundant Array of Independent or Inexpensive Disks
RAM – Random Acces Memory
RC – Resin-Coated paper
RGB – Red, Green, Blue
RIP – Raster Image Processor
ROM – Read-Only Memory
ROP – Run Of Press

SC – Small Caps
SCSI – Small Computer Systems Interface
SDSL – Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line
sec. – second
SEO – Search Engine Optimization
SGML – Standard Generalized Markup Language
SIC – Standard Industrial Classification
SMTP – Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SNMP – Simple Network Management Protocol
SP – Space Character
SPDL – Standard Page Description Language
sq. – square
spool – simultaneous peripheral operation on line
S/S, S.S. – Same Size
SWOP – Specifications for Web Offset Publications

T – Tera, one trillion
TB – TeraByte
Tb – Terabit
TCP – Transmission Control Protocol
TCP/IP – Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol
TI – Tone Index
TIF, TIFF – Tagged Image File Format
typo – typographic error

U&LC – Upper and LowerCase
UART – Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter
UC – UpperCase
UCS – Uniform Color Space
USB – Universal Serial Bus
UUencode – Unix-to-Unix encode
UV – UltraViolet

vol. – volume(s)
VPN – Virtual Private Network

W2P – Web-To-Print
W3C – World Wide Web Consortium
WAN – Wide Area Network
W&B – Work and Back
WF – Wrong Font
WPM – Words Per Minute
W&T – Work and Turn
WWW – World Wide Web
WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get
WYSIWYP – What You See Is What You Print

xDSL – all Digital Subscriber Lines
XML – eXtended Markup Language
XSL – Extensible Style Language

Y – Yellow
YMC – Yellow, Magenta, Cyan
YMCK – Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, and Black