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See also: Programming | Measure

The amount of size taken up by a given file or application. The term is taken from the size of a creature's footprint (dinosour=huge, rabbit=small). For instance, while many programs are a few kilobytes in size, some programs can be in excess of 10 megabytes. This size makes distribution to dialup modem users difficult.

Having a small footprint may mean a program's bulk has been cut for a performance enhancement or that is was originally well designed.

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