MDN Web Docs Glossary: Definitions of Web-related terms

Web technologies contain long lists of jargon and abbreviations that are used in documentation and coding. This glossary provides definitions of words and abbreviations you need to know to successfully understand and build for the web.

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Serialization
The process whereby an object or data structure is translated into a format suitable for transferral over a network, or storage (e.g. in an array buffer or file format).