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1 a formal public statement; "the government made an announcement about changes in the drug war"; "a declaration of independence" [syn: proclamation, annunciation, declaration]
2 a public statement about something that is happening or going to happen; "the announcement appeared in the local newspaper"; "the promulgation was written in English" [syn: promulgation]

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IPA: WEAE /ʌˈnaʊs.mɛnt/


  1. An act of announcing, or giving notice.
    He stood on a chair to make his announcement.
  2. That which conveys what is announced.
    The announcement was posted on all company bulletin boards.
  3. The content which is announced.
    The announcement implied that attendance was mandatory.''



  • Webster 1913

Extensive Definition

In computing, an Announcement (ANN) is a Usenet, Mailing list, or E-mail message sent to notify subscribers that a software project has made a new software release version. Newsgroup announcement recipients often have a name like "comp.somegroup.announce". Mailing list announcement recipients often have a name like "toolname-announce". Most software projects that make announcements are open source.
In an announcement the subject line commonly contains the abbreviated prefix ANN:.
The contents of an announcement usually contain a title line which contains the tool name, version, release name, and date. Additional contents often fall into the following message sections:
  • About - a short paragraph summary of the tool's purpose
  • Changes - a list of the highest impact changes since the last release (should be brief since the changelog comprises the definitive list)
  • Resources - links to project pages of interest, such as homepage, where to download, bug tracker, etc.
Some additional, optional fields might include Highlights, Author(s), License, Requirements, and Release History
Announcement messages are usually sent in plain text form.


Example announcement message subject line:
ANN: fooutils 0.9.42 beta released
Example announcement message contents:
= Fooutils 0.9.42 Beta Released -- 2006 Feb 16
ANNOUNCING Fooutils v0.2.12beta, the first beta release.
About Fooutils -------------- Fooutils are a set of utilities that...
Changes ------- Improved the searching facility by including... Fixed bugs: #123, #456, ...
Resources --------- Homepage:
Try searching the newsgroup comp.lang.python.announce to see examples of real-world announcements.

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