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 for symbolic link
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Symbolic Link
      (SYLK) A Microsoft file format for
     spreadsheets, (not to be confused with symbolic link).
     SYLK format existed in one form or another in as early as
     1987, and was part of Excel v1.0.  It is is an outgrowth of
     VisiCalc DIF file format.
     SYLK format is ascii text and represents information about
     both formula, value, and some formatting information, which
     makes it something like an RTF for spreadsheets.  It is used
     as a general tabular data exchange format.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  symbolic link
  soft link
      (Or "symlink", "soft link" (by contrast with
     "{hard link"), "{shortcut}", "{alias}") A special type of
     Unix file which refers to another file by its pathname.  A
     symbolic link is created with the "ln" (link) command:
     Where OLDNAME is the target of the link (usually a pathname)
     and NEWNAME is the pathname of the link itself.
     Most operations ({open, read, write) on the symbolic link
     automatically dereference it and operate on its target
     (OLDNAME).  Some operations (e.g. removing) work on the link
     itself (NEWNAME).
     In contrast with hard links, there are no restrictions on
     where a symbolic link can point, it can refer to a file on
     another file system, to itself or to a file which does not
     even exist (e.g. when the target of the symlink is removed).
     Such problems will only be detected when the link is accessed.

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