Abbreviations in community posts

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I’ve just had to lookup this one: Electronic Press Kit (EPK).




FLOSS browser

There are a number of related terms and abbreviations for free and open-source software (FOSS or F/OSS), or free/libre and open-source software (FLOSS or F/LOSS – FLOSS is the FSF-preferred term).



I used a TLA and noticed it did not get picked up. Or maybe it is too geeky?

CSV is Comma Separate Values.

Or a way to make a plain dumb text file work as a database record.


Name, Rank, Number
Clegg, Corporal, 83954032
Pepper, Sergeant, 19654654


IHMO the C can also stand for “Character” so CSV could also mean “Character Separated Values”.
I’m wrong?

Your example is also true with:
Name; Rank; Number
Clegg; Corporal; 83954032
Pepper; Sergeant; 19654654


@InvisibleMan78 it is Commas that separate the values. So Comma Separated Values is the standard meaning.


In France we more often separate with semicolons “;” because commas have the same function, in numbers, as dot in English: π = 3,14…
But it’s surely called comma separated values, at the origins, as it was most certainly created in USA. :slight_smile:


@jesus2099 this is not about the way different nations represent numbers. It is simple computer text files from the 1980s. I put the wiki links up there to give details instead of my waffle. It also explains how it is not always literally a “comma” and semicolons are also common separators.


They same the same as I did, maybe better said:

Adjacent fields must be separated by a single comma. However, “CSV” formats vary greatly in this choice of separator character. In particular, in locales where the comma is used as a decimal separator, semicolon, TAB, or other characters are used instead.