The word TWAIN is not an official acronym; however, it is widely known as "Technology Without An Interesting Name." The official website notes that "[this name] continues to haunt the standard." The TWAIN group originally launched in 1992 by several members of the imaging industry, with the intention of standardizing communication between image handling software and hardware. The word TWAIN is from Rudyard Kipling's "The Ballad of East and West" — "...and never the twain shall meet..." — reflecting the difficulty at the time of connecting scanners and personal computers.
Many early computer peripheral device manufacturers developed interface protocols for their own products and published them to computer software developers so that computers could "talk" to the device. Examples included "Centronics Interface" which even specified what plugs and cables should be used.
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