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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.
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When public figures or representative of the people are transparent then it helps to a greater extent to extend services to the public.
It has been revealed by Transparent Hands that, an international payment gateway system has been integrated recently with which, not only Pakistani donors but the international donors would also be able to donate and help those patients who require surgeries.
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The team described a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that produces energy by absorbing mainly infrared light, not visible light, making the cells nearly 70 percent transparent to the human eye.
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But your denial of his claim that "the light is the color of the transparent [body] because it is transparent"--well, his saying was figurative, as air does not have a color but yet light appears in it, so it is permissible to call the light its color; if you wish you may say that the light makes the transparent complete because the transparent will not be transparent except in light.
Hideo Hosono and his colleagues at the Tokyo Institute of Technology developed a transparent semiconductor material out of indium gallium zinc oxide.
And, if that weren't enough, the management solution must be compatible with legacy investments; be based on open-systems architectures; support heterogeneous client and server platforms; require no proprietary changes or agents; and, above all, be transparent to the user community.
Combining DETAIL with IBM DB2 Information Integrator enables organizations of all kinds to give their critical applications transparent access to diverse, distributed, and real-time data.
At the same time, the market is also demanding/prefers materials that can be brightly colored and retain that color over an extended period of time, or be virtually transparent.

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