= W =
working as designed
1. A temporary kluge used to bypass,
mask, or otherwise avoid a bug or misfeature in some
system. Theoretically, workarounds are always replaced by
fixes; in practice, customers often find themselves living
with workarounds for long periods of time. "The code died on NUL
characters in the input, so I fixed it to interpret them as
spaces." "That's not a fix, that's a workaround!" 2. A
procedure to be employed by the user in order to do what some
currently non-working feature should do. Hypothetical example:
"Using META-F7 crashes the 4.43 build of Weemax, but as a
workaround you can type CTRL-R, then SHIFT-F5, and delete the
remaining cruft by hand."
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.