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what does "FAR" in the parameter list mean?

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it''s an artifact from the era of real-mode programming (dos and win16). on win32, it''s defined to nothing and doesn''t mean anything. back in real mode days, a "far" pointer contained all 32 bits of the address and could be used to jump from one segment to another, while a "near" pointer contained only 16 bits of an address and could be only used to reference data within the same 64 kb segment.

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