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Part six[QQ] Open Architecture

An system structure that is compatible with hardware and software from many vendors.


Computer operating system, such as Windows, Mac OS, or Linux.

PDF (Portable Document Format)

A universal file format capable of displaying all the visual elements of a document in an electronic image so they can be read, printed and e-mailed.

It preserves all of the fonts, formatting, colours and graphics regardless of the application and platform used to create it.


A website specialising in leading you to other places either on the same site or other parts of the internet.


An agreed way for two network devices to talk to each other.

Exostar is a site designed to bring together four major aviation and defence manufacturers, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing with their thousands of suppliers.


Website of the giant defence company, it provides product and service information as well as news on investor relations.

The massive site belongs one of the five biggest accountancy firms in world and is a window to vast amounts of information, including a dedicated e-business section.

Home of the software company that provides solutions for everything from payroll to accounting for large and small firms.

Site for the Department of Trade and Industry opens the door to what can sometime be the murky world of government.

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