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A Brief History of 'Pixel'[edit]

An article by Richard F. Lyons provides a lot of etymological detail about "pixel". Some of the highlights should be incorporated into the entry for "pixel".

The article reference details:

A Brief History of 'Pixel'
Reprint — Paper EI 6069-1
Digital Photography II — Invited Paper
IS&T/SPIE Symposium on Electronic Imaging
15–19 January 2006, San Jose, California, USA


I am not convinced by the etymology with "pix element" instead of "picture element". Firstly, the x doesn't have to come from a specific word but could simply have been chosen as easier to pronounce, or whatever. Secondly, I think I once read that the word was originally "pictel". Finally, I doubt that "pix" for "pictures" was common (or even extant) slang as far back as the 1960s. [Aha, yes it was, according to the "pix" article.] I don't have any concrete evidence, unfortunately. 22:24, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

"pix" is a common slang for "pictures," because pictures are sometimes referred to by the shortened term "pics." 04:07, 29 December 2010 (UTC)