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$[officename] Basic Glossary
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<link href="text/sbasic/shared/00000002.xhp" name="$[officename] Basic Glossary">$[officename] Basic Glossary</link>
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This glossary explains some technical terms that you may come across when working with $[officename] Basic.
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Decimal Point
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When converting numbers, $[officename] Basic uses the locale settings of the system for determining the type of decimal and thousand separator.
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The behavior has an effect on both the implicit conversion ( 1 + "2.3" = 3.3 ) as well as the function <link href="text/sbasic/shared/03102700.xhp" name="IsNumeric">IsNumeric</link>.
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Colors
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In $[officename] Basic, colors are treated as long integer value. The return value of color queries is also always a long integer value. When defining properties, colors can be specified using their RGB code that is converted to a long integer value using the <link href="text/sbasic/shared/03010305.xhp" name="RGB function">RGB function</link>.
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Measurement Units
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In $[officename] Basic, a <emph>method parameter</emph> or a <emph>property</emph> expecting unit information can be specified either as integer or long integer expression without a unit, or as a character string containing a unit. If no unit is passed to the method the default unit defined for the active document type will be used. If the parameter is passed as a character string containing a measurement unit, the default setting will be ignored. The default measurement unit for a document type can be set under <switchinline select="sys"><caseinline select="MAC"><emph>%PRODUCTNAME - Preferences</emph></caseinline><defaultinline><emph>Tools - Options</emph></defaultinline></switchinline><emph> - (Document Type) - General</emph>.
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<bookmark_value>twips; definition</bookmark_value>
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Twips
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A twip is a screen-independent unit which is used to define the uniform position and size of screen elements on all display systems. A twip is 1/1440th of an inch or 1/20 of a printer's point. There are 1440 twips to an inch or about 567 twips to a centimeter.
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URL Notation
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URLs (<emph>Uniform Resource Locators</emph>) are used to determine the location of a resource like a file in a file system, typically inside a network environment. A URL consists of a protocol specifier, a host specifier and a file and path specifier:
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<emph>protocol</emph>://<emph>host.name</emph>/<emph>path/to/the/file.html</emph>
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The most common usage of URLs is on the internet when specifying web pages. Example for protocols are <emph>http</emph>, <emph>ftp</emph>, or <emph>file</emph>. The <emph>file</emph> protocol specifier is used when referring to a file on the local file system.
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URL notation does not allow certain special characters to be used. These are either replaced by other characters or encoded. A slash (<emph>/</emph>) is used as a path separator. For example, a file referred to as <emph>C:\Users\alice\Documents\My File.odt</emph> on the local host in "Windows notation" becomes <emph>file:///C:/Users/alice/Documents/My%20File.odt</emph> in URL notation.
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Information
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