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Terminology

Terminology

Terminology

Accessibility
The term accessibility refers to making something available to users with disabilities. In the context of websites, this means making web content available to users with disabilities.
Active
The state in which something, such as a link, is considered to be in when the url path that represents that something is currently being viewed.
Address
See url.
Alternate Text
This alternate text is a short description of the image. While it is required to be short, this must contain 3 or more words.
Cache
Cache refers to information that was created from performing some given task and then stored for user later on to avoid re-performing the task in which the cache represents. See also Caching.
Caching
Caching is a method used to improvide performance by doing a specific task only one time. The idea is that if a given task must be done repeatedly and nothing has changed, then the results of performing that task will never change no matter how many times it is done. Therefore, do the task one time and then re-use the results from that task for every subsequent request to perform that task. This is used to improve performance for tasks that are done repeatedly, which happens very often on websites.
Child Group
See Nested Group.
Checksum
Checksum is a sequence of digits and letters (usually 0-9 and a-f) that can be used to represent data, almost uniquely. The primary purpose for checksums are to identify whether or not there are errors in data. On this website, the checksums in use are sufficient to represent files uniquely with only 8 digits and letters.
Content
Content is a general term designating some collection of text, images, and media. In general, content can be consired a page but it usually refers to the body region of a given page. See the Basic Usage website documentation for details about what the body region is. Another name for content is node.
Content Manager
A content manager is a tool or a set of tools used by authors to write and build web content.
Field
The term field refers an area on a page where the user is allowed to select or add input too. Fields provide the user with a way to send information to the website. Examples are: select lists, radio buttons, and text boxes.
Group
The term group refers to a classification or category in which users and their content belong to. Groups are often categories by colleges, universities, and departments but are categorized by their purpose or their url path. How and where content is placed on the website is directly dependent on the group in which some content belongs.
Live
Live content is the most recent published version of some content. If there is no published version of some content, then live refers to the most recent unpublished version of some content. See also published.
Media
The term media refers to a classification or category of different types of files. The different types of media are: document, image, audio, and video. For example, a PDF is a type of document. For example, a PNG is a type of image.
Media Type
A media type refers to the tools or way in which content is displayed. Common examples of different media types are: printed on paper, displayed on a projector, a computer screen, and a screen reader. Websites often need to understand what media type is in use before displaying its content.
Nested Group
The term nested group is a group that belongs to another group or has one or more groups that belong to itself. A group that is nested inside of another group is referred to as a child group of the group or groups in which it belongs to. A group that has one or more groups nested inside of itself is called a parent group. A child group is allowed to be a parent group for other groups, but cannot be a parent group of its own parent group. See also Group.
Node
The term node is often used in conjunction with some number to uniquely refer to some collection of text, images, and media. See also Content.
Parent Group
See Nested Group.
Published
Content can be either published or unpublished. Content that is published is content that is visible for the world to see. Published content is considered the official copy. See also live.
Region
A region is an area or block of a screen or page.
Screen Readers
A screen-reader is a tool used to convert a visual document into audio. These tools are useful for users who are unsighted, poorly-sighted, or cannot read.
Section
See Group.
Unpublished
Content can be either published or unpublished. Content that is unpublished is any content that is not officially designated See also live.
Url
This address, or url for short, is the name of a website. The McNeese website, for example, has a url of
www.mcneese.edu
. Each and every page and file on a website has some url. To find out what a particular page or files url is, simply look at the url bar while viewing the page or file.
Url Bar
The url bar is the part of your webbrowser where you type in the address of some particular website.
Url Path
The url path is the address that represents a website or a specific page or file at a given website. There are two types of url paths, relative and absolute. The relative url path and absolute url path may also be called relative path and absolute path, respectively. An absolute url path has the website name along with the path to the page or file. A relative url only contains the path to the page or file. For example, lets say you wanted the path to this documentation as it is expected to be found on www.mcneese.edu. The absolute path is https://www.mcneese.edu/documentation/website/managing-content and the relative path is /documentation/website/managing-content.
Vertical Tab
A vertical tab is a special type of field used to group multiple fields together. Only one vertical tab may be open at a given time and as such only the fields attached to a vertical tab will be visible when that vertical tab is selected. Vertical tabs are used to provide multiple options while reducing the amount of scrolling a user might have to do to get to a given field.
Web
The web is loosely defined as "whatever I see in my browser". It is often incorrectly referred to as the internet. The web is most often a collection of languages called HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
Workflow
The workflow is a logical series of states used to control the visibility and editability of content or to communicate to users that some action needs to be taken.