Abbreviation for Computer Output Microfilm
A technology to produce microforms directly from computer output, either online or offline.
Microform used here is a collective term for microfilm and microfiche formats.
A method of converting data output from a computer into human-readable text or numbers and recording it electronically or optically on recording materials such as microfilm is referred to as Computer Output Microfilming, and the film on which the data is recorded is referred to as Computer Output Microfilm.
Moreover, a device that records the data on microfilm is referred to as a Computer Output Microfilmer.
All of these are referred as COM (acronym-based abbreviation) and COM has now become a collective term that refers to the devices, methods, etc. for recording data output from a computer onto microfilm.