M - Definitions

  • M

    mail server (mail transfer/transport agent, MTA, mail router, Internet mailer)

    A mail server (also known as a mail transfer agent or MTA, a mail transport agent, a mail router or an Internet mailer) is an application that receives incoming e-mail from local users (people within the same domain) and remote senders and forwards outgoing e-mail for delivery.

  • Majordomo

    Like listserv, Majordomo (from Latin: "master of the house") is a small program that automatically redistributes e-mail to names on a mailing list.

  • management service provider (MSP)

    Also see two related terms, application service provider and storage service provider.

  • Mapuccino

    Mapuccino is a Java applet or small program that can show a visual map of how a Web site is organized.

  • Marimba

    Marimba is a company that has introduced a somewhat new way of using the World Wide Web.

  • mask

    In graphic design, a mask is a tool that allows you to protect a specific area of an image from modification.

  • MathML

    MathML is an application of XML (Extensible Markup Language) designed to facilitate the use of mathematical expressions in Web pages.

  • message queueing

    In programming, message queueing is a method by which process (or program instances) can exchange or pass data using an interface to a system-managed queue of messages.

  • message-driven processing

    Message-driven processing is an approach used within the client/server computing model in which a client (for example, your Web browser) sends a service request in the form of a specially-formatted message to a program that acts as a request broker, handling messages from many clients intended for many different server applications.

  • meta refresh

    On a Web site, a meta refresh is coding in the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) that automatically directs the visitor to a new page after a specified number of seconds.

  • microcommerce

    Microcommerce is an online selling/purchasing model that involves the exchange of very small sums of money, sometimes known as micropayments.

  • microservices

    Microservices, or microservice architecture, is an approach to application development in which a large application is built as a suite of modular components or services.

  • microsite

    As used in at least one leading Web design book, a microsite is a separately promoted part of a larger Web site.

  • middleware

    Middleware is the software that connects network-based requests generated by a client to the back-end data the client is requesting.

  • MIM (MME)

    A MIM or MME file is a file in the Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) format that is created by some e-mail programs, including that of America Online (AOL), to encapsulate e-mail that contains image or program attachments.

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