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OTOH ... the straight text articles might actually be informative. I claim responsibility (& authorship) for everything found from this page. Needless to say, the informative articles are drawn from research I did from various sources (usually too numerous to list, but I've tried).


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shim: n.

   1. A small piece of data inserted in order to achieve a desired memory
   alignment or other addressing property. For example, the PDP-11 Unix
   linker, in split I&D (instructions and data) mode, inserts a two-byte
   shim at location 0 in data space so that no data object will have an
   address of 0 (and be confused with the C null pointer). See also loose

   2. A type of small transparent image inserted into HTML documents by
   certain WYSIWYG HTML editors, used to set the spacing of elements meant
   to have a fixed positioning within a TABLE or DIVision. Hackers who
   work on the HTML code of such pages afterwards invariably curse these
   for their crocky dependence on the particular spacing of original image
   file, the editor that generated them, and the version of the browser
   used to view them. Worse, they are a poorly designed kludge which the
   advent of Cascading Style Sheets makes wholly unnecessary; Any fool can
   plainly see that use of borders, layers and positioned elements is the
   Right Thing (or would be if adequate support for CSS were more common).