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K ("K") Abbreviation for Kilo.
Kb ("K-bits") Abbreviation for Kilobit which is significantly different from KB.
KB ("K-bytes") Abbreviation for Kilobyte which is significantly different from Kb.
KERNING The adjustment of space between individual characters, to give the text a tighter appearance.
KERNING PAIRS Character combinations that are typically kerned (see Kerning). Different fonts may use different combinations, including AV, Te etc.
KEYING Once used to describe the forming of signals, such as those used for morse code, but has become used to describe the entering of data via a keyboard.
KEYMAP A keyboard definition, often stored as a file, that lets you specify particular key values for terminal emulation (such as using your computer to emulate a VT220 terminal) or to select keyboard characters required by other languages (such as German, Spanish, French etc).
KEYPAD Normally refers to the group of numeric keys & calculator functions which are found on the right of most computer keyboards. They are often more convenient to use for spreadsheets, while programs such as Deluxe Paint on the Amiga use them for special perspective drawing functions.
KEYWORD Words used in computer commands to specify arguments or parameters, for example NAME="Amiga", where NAME is the keyword.
KHZ or KHz ("kilo hurts") Abbreviation for KiloHertz.
KiB Abbreviation for Kibibyte.
KIBIBYTE
(abbreviation "KiB")
1024 (210) bytes, and is the unambiguous name for 'Kilobyte' to denote the true binary value.
KICKSTART The part of the Amiga Operating System that is required to boot the computer. For Classic Amigas it is generally accessed from the KickStart ROMs although some Amiga users have special boot sequences which load the ROM images from disk. On the AmigaOne it is stored on disk and can be customised by specifying different KickLayout files.
KICKSTART ROMS The part of the Amiga Operating System on Classic Amigas that is stored in silicon to speed up initialisation. As advances were made in the Amiga's Operating System, new Kickstart ROMs were released which, in most cases, replaced existing ROMs and added new features and facilities for a relatively low cost. Occasionally bugs or limitations were found and these could be fixed at startup time by specifying the SETPATCH commands in the Start-up Sequence.
KILO
(abbreviation "K")
1000 (1010) to be precise, and different to its use in computer terminology.
KILOBIT
(abbreviation "Kb")
1,024 (210) bits to be precise, but frequently used to mean roughly a thousand bits. Most commonly used when referring to line speeds for data transmission as a measurement of the baud rate. However it must be noted that there are 8 Kilobits in a KiloByte.
KILOBYTE
(abbreviation "KB")
1,024 (210) bytes to be precise, but frequently used to mean roughly a thousand bytes. Most commonly used when referring to file sizes or disk space less than 1000 Kilobytes. Over this, the term Megabytes is generally used instead. The unambiguous name 'Kibibyte' can be used for the true binary value.
KILOHERTZ
(abbreviation "KHz")
1000 cycles per second.
KLINGON HANDSHAKE A expression often used in place of CTRL-A-A on the Amiga to reset the machine.

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