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This page provides an overview of 54 articles related to 'software', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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Computer software, or just software, is a collection of computer programs and related data that provide the instructions telling a computer what to do and how to do it. We can also say software refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of the computer for some purposes. In other words software is a set of programs, procedures, algorithms and its documentation. Program software performs the function of the program it implements, either by directly providing instructions to the computer hardware or by serving as input to another piece of software. The term was coined to contrast to the old term hardware (meaning physical devices). In contrast to hardware, software is intangible, meaning it "cannot be touched" (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Software)

Key statistics

Metadata related to 'software' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'software': 888 (51.0% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'software' across all Ariadne articles: 3558
  • Average number of references to 'software' per Ariadne article: 4.01
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'software': 1996-01
  • Trending factor of 'software': 42.9 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'software':

  1. brian kelly (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. emma tonkin (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. randy metcalfe (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. paul walk (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. jon knight (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Web Focus: Experiences of Using a Wiki for Note-taking at a Workshop

Brian Kelly describes how the Wikalong Wiki tool was used to support note-taking at a workshop.

January 2005, issue42, tooled up

Web Focus: Animate Your Pages

Brian Kelly gives an introduction to Dynamic HTML, explaining recent developments that enable dynamic web pages to be produced using simple scripting languages such as Javascript.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

Web Focus: A Standards-Based Culture for Web Site Development

Brian Kelly outlines strategies for choosing appropriate standards for building Web sites.

April 2003, issue35, tooled up

Web Focus Corner: The World Wide Web Consortium

Brian Kelly ponders whether the academic community can have a role in shaping the web of the future.

January 1998, issue13, regular column

Web Focus Corner: Running an Institutional Web Service

Brian Kelly reports on a workshop on running an institutional web service.

September 1997, issue11, regular column

Unix and the Web: Providing Web Access to Your Email

Brian Kelly introduces a regular column on Unix and Web issues by describing how a combination of Apache, PHP and IMP can make email folders available using a web browser.

March 1999, issue19, tooled up

Netskills Corner: Redesigning Your Web Pages?

Brian Kelly gives some sensible advice on designing (or, as is more likely, redesigning) Web pages.

July 1996, issue4, tooled up

Netskills Corner: NCSA Mosaic Web Browser

In this Netskills Corner, Brian Kelly describes a UK-Wide collaborative (combined directional Web and IRC chat-like system) meeting.

March 1996, issue2, tooled up

Netskills Corner: Fifth WWW Conference, Paris

Brian Kelly undertakes the arduous task of attending the 5th WWW Conference in Paris (is there a 'smiley' for 'green with envy'?).

May 1996, issue3, tooled up

Netskills Corner: Beneath the Surface of Your Web Pages

Brian Kelly looks beneath the surface of HTML pages and provides advice on the design of the underlying directory structure.

September 1996, issue5, tooled up

Netskills Corner

Netskills corner - Brian Kelly, Senior Trainer at Netskills, reviews Internet Explorer, Microsoft's Browser for Windows 95.

January 1996, issue1, tooled up

Introducing Web Focus

UK Web Focus - a strange job title. What is it? What does it do? In this article Brian Kelly describes his role as UK Web Focus, his previous involvement with the Web and his work as the JISC representative on the World Wide Web Consortium.

March 1997, issue8, tooled up

Bring Your Own Policy: Why Accessibility Standards Need to Be Contextually Sensitive

Brian Kelly, Jonathan Hassell, David Sloan, Dominik Lukeš, E A Draffan and Sarah Lewthwaite argue that rather than having a universal standard for Web accessibility, standardisation of Web accessibility practices and policies needs to be sufficiently flexible to cater for the local context.

July 2013, issue71, feature article

'Does He Take Sugar?': The Risks of Standardising Easy-to-read Language

Brian Kelly, Dominik Lukeš and Alistair McNaught highlight the risks of attempting to standardise easy-to-read language for online resources.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

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