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The use of a facility in a language, usually a programming language or a markup language, for which it is not intended. A hack is normally used to overcome a weakness in the language. The term is also used to describe some use of a language which is in opposition to its philosophy. Probably the best example of a hack relevant to this dictionary is the use of the table feature in html to provide more accurate layout control than the original features of the language would allow. The table feature was originally used to provide tabular layout of figures and text; however, the original inadequacies of HTML lead many designers to use tables for the precise positioning of graphics and chunks of text. See also single-pixel GIF and shim. The word can also be used as a verb

Subjects: Computing.


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