Forward-compatible meaning

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.
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(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.

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Origin of forward-compatible

  • Back-formation from forward compatibility.

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