Definitions for paginationˌpædʒ əˈneɪ ʃən
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pag•i•na•tionˌpædʒ əˈneɪ ʃən(n.)
the act of paginating.
the figures by which the leaves of a book, manuscript, etc., are marked to indicate their sequence. the total number of leaves so marked and their order, as part of a bibliographic description.
Category: Library Science
Origin of pagination:
1835–45; < L pāgin(a)page1+ -ation
pagination, folio, page number, paging(noun)
the system of numbering pages
the act of creating pages for a document, book, etc., or determining when to truncate text on the pages
the act of numbering pages for a document, book, etc.
Origin: from pagination
the act or process of paging a book; also, the characters used in numbering the pages; page number
Pagination is the process of dividing into discrete pages, either electronic pages or printed pages. Today the latter are usually simply instances of the former that have been outputted to a printing device, such as a desktop printer or a modern printing press. For example, printed books and magazines are created first as electronic files and then printed. Pagination encompasses rules and algorithms for deciding where page breaks will fall, which depends on semantic or cultural senses of which content belongs on the same page with related content and thus should not fall to another. Pagination is sometimes a part of page layout, and other times is merely a process of arbitrary fragmentation. The difference is in the degree of intelligence that is required to produce an output that the users deem acceptable or desirable. Before the rise of information technology, pagination was a manual process, and print output was its sole purpose. Every instance of a pagination decision was made by a human. Today, most instances are made by machines, although humans often override particular decisions. As years go by, software developers continually refine the programs to increase the quality of the machine-made decisions so that the need for manual overrides becomes increasingly rare.
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