1. (By analogy with "context-free") Used of a message that adds nothing to the
recipient's knowledge. Though this adjective is sometimes applied to flamage, it
more usually connotes derision for communication styles that exalt form over
substance or are centred on concerns irrelevant to the subject ostensibly at
hand. Perhaps most used with reference to speeches by company presidents and
other professional manipulators.
See also four-colour glossies.
2. Within British schools the term refers to general-purpose software such as a
word processor, a spreadsheet or a program that tests spelling of words supplied
by the teacher. This is in contrast to software designed to teach a particular
topic, e.g. a plant growth simulation, an interactive periodic table or a
program that tests spelling of a predetermined list of words. Content-free
software can be more cost-effective as it can be reused for many lessons
throughout the syllabus.
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