Definitions for Documentationˌdɒk yə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -mən-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
doc•u•men•ta•tionˌdɒk yə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -mən-(n.)
the use of documentary evidence.
a furnishing with documents, as to substantiate a claim or the data in a book or article.
instructional materials for computer software or hardware.
Origin of documentation:
documentation, certification, corroboration(noun)
confirmation that some fact or statement is true through the use of documentary evidence
software documentation, documentation(noun)
program listings or technical manuals describing the operation and use of programs
"his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this view is the work of Jones"
Something transposed from a thought to a document; the written account of an idea.
Documents that explain the operation of a particular software program.
That feature is not in the documentation.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
The multiple kilograms of macerated, pounded, steamed, bleached, and pressed trees that accompany most modern software or hardware products (see also tree-killer). Hackers seldom read paper documentation and (too) often resist writing it; they prefer theirs to be terse and on-line. A common comment on this predilection is “You can't grep dead trees”. See drool-proof paper, verbiage, treeware.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Systematic organization, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of specialized information, especially of a scientific or technical nature (From ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science, 1983). It often involves authenticating or validating information.
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