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BCS Glossary of Computing and ICT 13th edition by BCS Academy Glossary Working Party

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B2 INPUT

Other related terms may be found in Section A5 (for sound), Section B5 and Section D3 (for communications), Section A4 (for graphics), Section A13 (for control and monitoring) and Section A7 (commercial data processing) for automated input applications.

A computer operates on data (including instructions). The data, the input, must be entered into the computer. There are many devices that could be used for the purpose of entering data, called input devices.

Input devices are one type of the many peripherals that can be attached to a computer system to do particular jobs and which are frequently necessary for the effective use of a computer system. There is a range of devices and any computer system is unlikely to have all possible types ...

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