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1. publication Informal name for one of the four standard
references on PostScript. The other three official guides
are known as the Blue Book, the Green Book, and the WhiteBook.
["PostScript Language Reference Manual", Adobe Systems,
Addison-Wesley, 1985 (ISBN 0-201-10174-2); second edition
1990 (ISBN 0-201-18127-4)].
2. publication Informal name for one of the three standard
references on Smalltalk. This book also has blue and green
["Smalltalk-80: The Interactive Programming Environment",
Adele Goldberg, Addison-Wesley, 1984; (ISBN 0-201-11372-4)].
3. publication Any of the 1984 standards issued by the
ITU-T eighth plenary assembly. These include, among other
things, the X.400 electronic mail specification, the Group
1 through 4 fax standards, ISDN, the R2 signalling system
(Q.400 series recommendations), data communication via the
PSTN (the V series recommendations) and tariffs and metering
principles (the D series).
4. publication The new version of the Green Book - IEEE
1003.1-1990, also known as ISO 9945-1 - is (because of the
colour and the fact that it is printed on A4 paper) known in
the USA. as "the Ugly Red Book That Won't Fit On The Shelf"
and in Europe as "the Ugly Red Book That's A Sensible Size".