Symbian Developer Library


[Index] [Glossary] [Previous] [Next]



Terminal Adapter. Connecting equipment between the Terminal Equipment (computer) and the phone, e.g. a PCM/CIA card. A TA may contain a phone book.


Belongs to a database; stores any number of rows of data which conform to the structure described by a column set.

See also: database, row, column set

task bar

Touch sensitive toolbar for launching applications.

In the series 5, this term is used to refer to the lower off-screen area from which applications are launched.

See also: toolbar, side bar

technology type UID

UID that indicates the messaging technology that the MTM group implements.


Telephony is the technology associated with the electronic transmission of voice, fax, or other information between distant parties using systems historically associated with the telephone.

See also: ETel


A contact item that is used to seed the initial field set for other contact items.

See also: contact item, field set

template label

A string that identifies a template to users. For instance, "work template" could indicate a template used to create contact cards in the style of a work colleague.

See also: template

terminal emulation

Used when making a computer respond like a particular type of terminal. Terminal emulation programs enable you to access a mainframe computer or bulletin board service using a personal computer.

text area

Area within the view rectangle in which text can appear. The label and line cursor margins are not part of the text area.

See also: view rectangle, label margin, line cursor margin

text cursor

Used for "cursor" when it needs to be distinguished from "line cursor".

See also: cursor, line cursor

text definition

Specifies a set of fields and field separators, which is used to create a string to represent a contact item.

See also: field, contact item

text drawing primitive

A graphics operation that outputs text to a graphics device.

See also: graphics operation, graphics device

Text input framework

On Quartz, this is the system by which users can enter text on a keyboardless device. Two methods are supported on Quartz: a primary method (normally write-anywhere handwriting recognition software) and a secondary method, (normally a virtual keyboard).

text message

The text message format consists of a number of message types supported by the GSM standards. Types include, submit, deliver, status report, and command.

See also: PDU message

text mode

When a file is open in text mode, CR and LF combinations are translated between the file system's native format and the EPOC format (which uses CR, LF to designate the end of every line).

See also: binary mode

text object

An object derived from CEditableText, that contains a body of text, pictures etc.

See also: editable text, picture

text view

View of a document.

See also: text document, layout object

thick line

A line drawn with a pen of greater width than one pixel.

thick shape

A line or fillable with an outline that is drawn greater than one pixel wide is a thick shape.

See also: thick shape


A single unit of execution within a process; threads run concurrently.

See also: process

thread-local storage

A machine word of memory that may be used to anchor information in the context of both a DLL and a thread. Used instead of (non-const) static data, which is not supported for EPOC DLLs.

See also: DLL


A handle is thread-relative if ownership of that handle is vested in the thread.

See also: handle

time and date editor

A concrete control that supports editing a time and date value.

See also: time editor, date editor

time editor

A concrete control that supports editing a time value.

See also: time and date editor

time offset editor

A concrete control that supports editing a time offset value.

See also: time editor, duration editor

timed alarm

Timed alarms are associated with timed Agenda entries. The time of the alarm can be adjusted by changing the time of the Agenda entry.

See also: clock alarm, untimed alarm, orphan alarm, snoozed alarm, session alarm

tip effect

Style that indicates to Aleppo that the marked text must be preceded by the graphic or text for a tip in the output database.

See also: important effect, note effect, customisation file

to-do list ID

Uniquely identifies a to-do list in an agenda file. Unlike the unique ID, the to-do list ID can change if the list is updated, or if another list is deleted from or added to the file. It therefore cannot be used to identify the list during synchronisation.

See also: unique ID


A horizontal strip of information and buttons along the top of a document's UI — also known as the top toolbar.

All embedded document editor UIs have a toolband containing the document's name, its parent document and a Done button.

Tool bands are implemented as horizontal toolbars.

See also: top toolbar, command, toolbar


A rectangular "bar" of screen area where tools can be launched.

In EIKON this refers specifically to vertical strip of controls down the left- or right-hand-side of an application. Usually contains a clock, the name of the current file or application and a number of command buttons, but can contain any kind of factory-constructable control.

See also: compound control, toolband, control factory identifiertask bar, side bar,

top level entity

A parser entity that is not nested within another entity but into which other entities can be nested. vCalendars and vCards can be top level entities. vEvents and vTodos cannot be top-level entities.

See also: entity, vCalendar, vCard

top toolbar

A horizontal toolbar at the top of the screen. Also known as a toolband.

See also: toolband

top-level control

A window-owning control whose associated window is a top-level window.

See also: window-owning control, associated window, top-level window

top-level window

A window whose parent window is a window group.


One or more changes to a database which have been completed, and can either be committed or rolled back together.

See also: database, commit, rollback

transport independence

The concept that different protocols can be accessed through the same sockets API.

trap harness

Construction associated with the TRAP and TRAPD macros. Code executed inside a trap harness may leave, returning control to the cleanup part of the harness, and automatically resulting in items being cleaned up from the cleanup stack.

See also: leave, cleanup stack


Group of three digits in the integer portion of a number. Triads are separated by the thousands separator. For example, using the comma as the thousands separator, there are two triads in the number "123,456.789".


An ETel extension module that handles the interaction between the ETel server, and a particular telephony device or family of devices.

See also: ETel


1/1440th of an inch, or 1/20th of a point. All measurements supported by the GDI are either in pixels for devices, or twips for real-world sizing.

See also: point

twips editor

A concrete control that supports editing a paper measurement unit value: inches or cms; it presents the program with measurement in twips.


A group of related fonts of various sizes, which share the same typeface name and typeface attributes.

See also: Font