by John Walt Childers, IPC-CID, Founder of Golden Gate Graphics
Golden Gate Graphics is an official Altium Service Bureau
Terms that contain digits are alphabetized as if the numeric characters were spelled in English.
Terms with two or more words are alphabetized "dictionary style." They are alphabetized as though the spaces between the terms have been removed.
If there are other characters in the term, such as a slash (/), these are treated the same as spaces and ignored for the purpose of alphabetizinig.
open Open circuit. An unwanted break in the continuity of an electrical circuit which prevents current from flowing.
ounce (OWNS) Pronunciation Key modifier [PCB Manufacturing] A unit used to specify thickness in terms of copper weight on a PCB, as in "1-ounce copper" or "Half-ounce copper."
This is actually PCB manufacturing slang. Ounce is a shortening of "ounces per square inch." Because copper has a characteristic density, this is a thickness unit, not a weight unit. I hope that clears up something for those new to our industry. For actual thickness of "1-ounce copper", see copper weight.
This is the best, most usable dictionary for electronics, because its
definitions help you grasp the terms and therefore the subject. Lesser
dictionaries define electronics terms with even more difficult technical
jargon, leading one into endless "word chains." Not this one.
You can buy the Modern Dictionary of Electronics new or used via the Internet.
You need a big, comprehensive dictionary. Get this one. Despite being a big dictionary, The Random House has great definitions, quick to grasp.
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