|Definition:|| programs, procedures, rules, documentation and data of an information processing system
EXAMPLE Requirements and design specifications; source code listings, check lists and comments; “Help” text and messages for display at the computer/human interface; instructions for installation and operation; and support guides for hardware and software maintenance.
Note 1 to entry: Software is an intellectual creation that is independent of the medium upon which it is recorded.
Note 2 to entry: Software requires hardware devices to execute programs, and to store and transmit data.
Note 3 to entry: Types of software include firmware, system software, and application software.