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DEFINITION: Interoperability (pronounced IHN-tuhr-AHP-uhr-uh-BIHL-ih-tee) is the ability of a system or a product to work with other systems or products without special effort on the part of the customer. Interoperability becomes a quality of increasing importance for information technology products as the concept that "The network is the computer" becomes a reality. For this reason, the term is widely used  … 
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INTEROPERABILITY DEFINITION (continued): …  in product marketing descriptions.Products achieve interoperability with other products using either or both of two approaches:By adhering to published interface standards By making use of a "broker" of services that can convert one product's interface into another product's interface "on the fly"A good example of the first approach is the set of standards that have been developed for the World Wide Web. These standards include TCP/IP, Hypertext Transfer Protocol, and HTML. The second kind of interoperability approach is exemplified by the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) and … 
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