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Vis

(vēs), Gr. Issa, Ital. Lissa, island, 35 sq mi (91 sq km), Croatia, off the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic. A popular resort, its chief industries are fishing, citrus farming, and wine making. Its chief town, also named Vis, is a picturesque village on the north coast. Ancient Issa was a Greek colony from the 4th cent. B.C. and later prospered under the Romans. From 996 to 1797 it was a Venetian possession, and in the Napoleonic Wars (1803–15) it changed hands among the Austrians, the French, and the British. From the Congress of Vienna (1815) until 1918 the island belonged to Hungary. Two important naval battles occurred off Vis: in 1811, the British won a victory over the French, and in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 the Austrians under Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff thoroughly defeated the Italian fleet. There are many ancient remains on the island, notably Roman baths, mosaic pavements, and several old Roman Catholic and Orthodox Eastern churches.
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an island in the Adriatic Sea, in the group of Dalmatian Islands, belonging to Yugoslavia. Area, 90.3 sq km; population, about 7,000 (1961). The island is composed of chalky limestones. Its relief is a strongly karsted plateau reaching 587 m in altitude in the west. The average January temperature is about 19° C and that of July is 24° C. Precipitation is about 560 mm a year. Vis is covered with evergreen oak forests and shrubs. There is viticulture and sea fishing. The town of Vis is in the north.

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vis, vice, vise

A spiral staircase generally of stone, whose steps wind around a central shaft or newel; a screw stair.
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VIS

(1) (Voice Information Service) A variety of voice processing service applications.

(2) (Visible Image Size) The actual viewing area on a CRT. In the late 1990s, the CRT industry had an honesty attack and began to provide the actual viewing size along with the overall designation (14", 15", 17" etc.) which had always been slightly exaggerated. See viewable image.
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The reason the audiotex business is particularly viable for newspapers is because they already own the advertising vehicle that will attract users to voice information services.
Craig Allsopp, associate director of Dow Jones Voice Information Services, said, "Of all the media, tv included, I think newspapers are best suited to take advantage of voice information services.
For all these reasons, in-house advertising is a good, low-cost way for a newspaper to promote its voice information services. For Talking Newspapers with limited budgets, it may be the only way.
"VIS (voice information services) seem to be one of the most promising tools," she said.
There is growing evidence that the audience for voice information services has to be constantly reminded that these audiotex products exist, and the newspaper is a constant, daily reminder.
If the key to success in voice information services comes from constant promotion, then what is to stop a directory publisher --or anyone else for that matter -- from promoting his classified voice services to the general public in the daily newspaper?
There is a very high level of satisfaction among users of voice information services.
Similarly, voice information services enhance how a newspaper can provide tips and advice 24 hours a day.