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n. ~ 1. Materials created or collected to provide facts for reference, especially when created to substantiate decisions, actions, or events. - 2. Citations, including footnotes, endnotes, bibliographies, and similar devices, that indicate an author's sources. - 3. Computing · Instructions, specifications, and other descriptive information relating to the installation and use of hardware, software, systems, or files.


Documentation may be in any format, including text, photographs, moving images, or sound.

(McCrank 2002, p. 42) To cover all formats the term documentation2 was preferred over the older use of bibliography not only to enlarge the idea of embracing archives as wells as libraries, but because documentation included everything, the physical and the metaphysical, whereas information seemed to pertain more to the latter.