device independence
  • The circumstance where a program can run equally well with most any hardware. This contrasts with device dependence (1).
  • The ability of any given computing device or peripheral, such as a desktop computer, PDA, Internet appliance, properly equipped TV or cell phone, in-car computer, or mouse, to work properly with any particular operating system or computer application.
  • The ability of any given operating system or computer application to be able to work properly with any particular computing device or peripheral, such as a desktop computer, PDA, Internet appliance, properly equipped TV or cell phone, in-car computer, or mouse.

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