transparent

(redirected from transparentness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.

transparent

(of a substance or object) permitting the free passage of electromagnetic radiation

transparent

[tranz′par·ənt]
(computer science)
Pertaining to a device or system that processes data without the user being aware of or needing to understand its operation.
(physics)
Permitting passage of radiation or particles.

transparent

(jargon)
Not visible, hidden; said of a system which functions in a manner not evident to the user. For example, the Domain Name System transparently resolves a fully qualified domain name into an IP address without the user being aware of it.

Compare this to what Donald Norman calls "invisibility", which he illustrates from the user's point of view:

"You use computers when you use many modern automobiles, microwave ovens, games, CD players and calculators. You don't notice the computer because you think of yourself as doing the task, not as using the computer." ["The Design of Everyday Things", New York, Doubleday, 1989, p. 185].

transparent

(theory)
Fully defined, known, predictable; said of a sub-system in which matters generally subject to volition or stochastic state change have been chosen, measured, or determined by the environment. Thus for transparent systems, output is a known function of the inputs, and users can both predict the behaviour and depend upon it.

transparent

(1) A change in hardware or software that, after installation, causes no noticeable change in operation. Also known as "feature transparency." Contrast with "seamless integration," which means that an additional component to the system can be added without incurring any problems.

(2) A part of an image or application window that takes on the color of whatever is beneath such as the desktop background. See transparency.