- (software) Capable of interoperating with anticipated future systems.
- In order to be forward compatible, we keep a configurable list of valid keywords that we don't understand.
Back-formation from forward compatibility.
forward compatible - Computer Definition
Hardware or software that is compatible with subsequent versions of the product. Also called "upward compatible." When a product or interface is said to be forward compatible, it is really a statement of intent that future versions of the product will be designed to be backward compatible with this one. See backward compatible.