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A workaround is a bypassWEB,weblink
Information technology>IT: a temporary method for dealing with a computer or software problem until a more permanent solution is found: One easy workaround is to ..."WEB, work around - Definition,weblink Cambridge English Dictionary, that implies that a genuine solution to the problem is needed. But workarounds are frequently as creative as true solutions, involving outside the box thinking"It requires that social workers think 'outside the box' - outside their normal frames of ...BOOK, ndigenous Social Work Around the World: Towards Culturally Relevant,weblink 0754648389, Mel Gray, John Coates, Michael Yellow Bird, 2008, in their creation.Typically they are considered brittleWEB, Workaround [#1176558],,weblink 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.WEB, How to Fix the 'A [?]' Autocorrect Bug in iOS 11 When Typing 'i',weblink Placing pressure on a workaround may result in later system failures. For example, in computer programming workarounds are often used to address a problem or anti-pattern in a library, such as an incorrect return value. When the library is changed, the workaround may break the overall program functionality, effectively becoming an anti-pattern, since it may expect the older, wrong behaviour from the library.Workarounds can also be a useful source of ideas for improvement of products or services.WEB,weblink Can’t You Just Ask People?, TheAnthroGuys, 2014-08-08,

Legal workarounds

When the legal system places an obstacle in the form of a restriction or requirement, the law may provide a possible workaround. Laws intended to tap into what may seem to be deep pockets may lead to what are at leasttemporary solutions such as:
  • Since "most French workplace laws affect businesses with 50 or more employees... many French companies opt to employ only 49 people in avoidance of crippling legislations."BOOK, Thinking Tech: Thoughts On the Key Technological Trends of Our Times,weblink 1483595900, Anurag Harsh, 2017,
  • An injunction against Microsoft regarding XML features and an easy technical workaround, a patent attorney suggested having two versions of MS Word, one with and one without the feature.WEB, 'Easy workaround' could solve Microsoft Word's legal woes, says expert,weblink, August 14, 2009,


Some well-known acronyms were created to work around bureaucractic or contracting restrictions:
  • PDP - The term was used to describe a computer by another name, due to contracting complications for purchasing or leasing computers. The term PDP (Programmed Data Processor or Programmable Data Processor) was a workaround.WEB,weblink VAS Demonstration,, WEB,,weblink New Market Disruption: The DEC Programmable Data Processor, BOOK, Computers in Analytical Chemistry, 153,weblink 1483285626, R Belcher, 2013, "The term PDP is an acroynm for Programmable Data Processor ... the series was introduced by their manufacturer, Digital Equipment orporation ..."WEB,weblink The History of Digital Equipment Corporation, The name "PDP" intentionally avoids the use of the term "computer".BOOK, Henderson, edited by Rebecca M., Newell, Richard G., Accelerating energy innovation : insights from multiple sectors, 2011, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 0226326837, 180, BOOK, Huang, Han-Way, The atmel AVR microcontroller : MEGA and XMEGA in assembly and C, 2014, Delmar Cengage Learning, Australia ; United Kingdom, 1133607292, 4, PDPs were aimed at a market that could not afford larger computers.
  • GNU - GNU's Not UNIX. As AT&T's prices for academic licensing and use of UNIX increased,WEB, Old licenses and prices,weblink new restrictions on maximum number of concurrent users and limitations on types of userestricting " universities that wanted to use the system for their internal business (e.g. student registration) as distinct from teaching and research created a motivation for an alternative: a work-alike workaround. Among the better known ones are:
  • PSAP. By contrast with hearing aids, the sale of which is more regulatedSince a licensed audiologist is requiredWEB, Wall Street Journal (, Neil DiSarno,weblink Pros and Cons of Inexpensive Hearing Aids Called PSAPs, and more expensive,WEB, Kochkin, Sergei, Ph.D.,weblink MarkeTrak VIII: Utilization of PSAPs and Direct-Mail Hearing Aids by People with Hearing Impairment, a Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP) is lower in price albeit more limited in capability.

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