Glossary of Terms

QSL Specific
CCM Channel Control Module, An ISA card that displays PAL video output of a selectable channel from RCIS, such as departure screens or NTIís.
DRA Digitally Reconstructed Announcements, constructed from user editable text.
LLPA Long Line Public Address, live announcements over a LAN, modem or other communication cables.
RCISTM Railway Customer Information System, descriptive trademark for this system.
SCIS Satellite Customer Information System, A remote PC controller by a server / master PC.
SRA Scheduled Recorded Announcements, Pre-recorded either locally by the users or by a professional.
URA User recorded Announcements, locally recorded by the users.
VoW Voice over Web application used for LLPA communication over a network or the Internet.
WISE Windows Information System Extended, An extended version of RCIS for the latest Operating Systems.
ZoneC Zone control router, switches data comms and audio via a LAN network.
ZoneR Zone controller that switches comms or audio data.
Rail Specific Terms
CIF A CIF (common interface file) is a file format associated with files that are output by the TSDB service from TRUST.
SWOB A SWOB (Station Working Order Book) is a file format associated with train timetables. It includes all train information required to construct a train record.
TD Track data or Train Describer data. Traces the movement of trains along the track as the train passes each track berth.
TRUST The name given to the Train Service Database, accessible to users via a PC terminal.
TSDB Train Service Database, Name given to part of the TRUST database service that exports data to users without a TRUST terminal.
General Hardware
PC, IBM PC Terminal, User Terminal, Node System Computer and /or User Terminal ("PC" derived from "Personal Computer").
Screen, Monitor PC Monitor.
Displays Public Displays.
DVC Data to Video Converter. Controls cycling information on Displays.
AVC Advance Data to Video Converter. Controls cycling information on Displays plus additional services or diagnostic functions.
Operating Systems / General Terms
DOS, MS DOS Disk Operating System.
Windows, MS Windows Refers to the user application operating system and visual user environment.
Window or Form A frame that is visible on screen that contains and groups menus and tools such as buttons and/or text boxes.
Highlighted Window, Active Window, Window with Focus A Window that has a darker border to indicate that it is active and therefore the only window that will accept keyboard input.
Key, keyboard, keys, keypress All refer to the user keyboard.
Mouse, Mouse button, Click, Mouse Key All refer to the use of mouse or mouse keys.
Click, clicked Means to click the left mouse key.
Double Click Means to click the left mouse key twice quickly. See Mouse Details.
Pointer Refers to the mouse pointer.
Cursor Refers to the text insertion point pointer.
Button, Control, Icon, Box This is an object on screen that can be clicked to perform an action.
ESC key (See also Keyboard Chapter). Refers to the key marked "ESC" at the top left of the keyboard. Pressing it will "escape" from the current function.
Enter Key (See also Keyboard Chapter). Refers to the key marked on the keyboard. There is another duplicate key marked "Enter". Pressing it will "enter" or perform the current function.
Cursor Keys (See also Keyboard Chapter). Refers to the keyboard cursor keys that allow the user to go up and down lists, and to assist text editing.