Steve Lodin (swlodin @
>> The meaning of the term is (I believe) from the automotive context,
>> in which you have a firewall between the engine and passenger
>> compartment, in case the engine brews up.
> And to get rid of the negative connotation associated with the term firewall
> and the automobile, the automobilie industry is now using the new term
The original use of the term is architectural. When two buildings were
built side-by-side, the wall they shared was made 2-3 times as thick as
normal. The idea was that this extra thick "firewall" would keep a fire
in one building from spreading to the other. Even today, buildings have
"fire-doors" on stairwells and between sections for the same reason.
Tom Myers : tvmyers @