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A workaround is a bypass of a recognized problem in a system. A workaround is typically a temporary fix that implies that a genuine solution to the problem is needed. Frequently workarounds are as creative as true solutions, involving out-of-the-box thinking in their creation.


Typically they are considered brittle in that they will not respond well to further pressure from a system beyond the original design. In implementing a workaround it is important to flag the change so as to later implement a proper solution.


Placing pressure on a workaround may result in later failures in the system. For example, in computer programming workarounds are often used to address a problem in a library, such as an incorrect return value. When the library is changed, the workaround may break the overall program functionality, since it may expect the older, wrong behaviour from the library. Wikibooks has more about this subject: Computer programming Computer programming (often simply programming) is the craft of implementing one or more interrelated abstract algorithms using a particular programming language to produce a concrete computer program. ... Modern-style library In the traditional sense of the word, a library is a collection of books and periodicals. ...


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A computer bug is an error, flaw, mistake, failure, or fault in a computer program that prevents it from working as intended, or produces an incorrect result. ... A coping skill is a behavioral tool which may be used by individuals to offset or overcome adversity, disadvantage, or disability without correcting or eliminating the underlying condition. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... For the German American billionaire see John Werner Kluge For the German Field Marshal see Günther von Kluge A kludge (or kluge) is a solution for accomplishing a task, originally a mechanical one and usually an engineering one, which consists of various otherwise unrelated parts and mechanisms, cobbled together in...

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Workaround - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (195 words)
A workaround is typically a temporary fix that implies that a genuine solution to the problem is needed.
Frequently workarounds are as creative as true solutions, involving out-of-the-box thinking in their creation.
For example, in computer programming workarounds are often used to address a problem in a library, such as an incorrect return value.
Workarounds (1368 words)
WORKAROUND: None, but it seems to be a minor aesthetic glitch that doesn't spill into other setting considerations, and with narrow borders isn't even noticeable.
WORKAROUND: body>#middle { float: left; } This must be a css2 declaration because ie5win and ie5.5win choke on it.
I had an elaborate workaround for dealing with ie5win when it really mattered that all three line up, but that's out the door now.
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