)Refers to software
that treat objects
on a display screen
as bit maps
or geometrical shapes rather than as characters
. In contrast, character-based systems
treat everything as ASCII
or extended ASCII
All graphics software is by definition graphics based. Systems that manipulate text can also be graphics based; for example, desktop publishing systems are essentially graphics-based word processors.
Traditionally, most DOS applications -- word processors, spreadsheets, and database management systems -- have been character based. Windows and the Mac OS are graphics-based.
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