When it comes to OmniUpdate, websites, and IT in general, there may be words used that you are not familiar with. Wherever possible, we try to convey information in the most general way possible. But, unfortunately, there are times when you still have no idea what we're talking about. Hopefully the glossary of terms below will help fill in the gaps!

  • Accessibility Check
    Validation available to ensure web accessibility compliance, including WCAG 1.0 and 2.0 (all levels) and Section 508.
  • Approver
    A user that has been assigned to approve pages for another user.
  • ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications)
    Defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Asset
    A reusable piece of content (text, code, form, or image gallery) that can be placed on many pages. When an asset is edited and published, all subscribing pages are automatically published with the changes.
  • Bottleneck
    Delay caused by numerous website additions and updates being sent to the webmaster for placement on the web.
  • Brand Integrity
    The characteristic look, feel, and persona of a website are maintained.
  • Broken Page
    A page containing one or more links that no longer exist that need to be corrected.
  • Browser-Based
    All web editing and administration is done via a browser accessing a web page. No other software components, other than a standard browser, are required.
  • CSS (Cascading Style Sheet)
    A specification of the formatting style for various elements of a web page.
  • Check-In/Check-Out
    Access control where a page currently being edited is checked out and not available for others to edit. The page is checked in upon cancellation of the edit or publishing of the page.
  • CMS (Content Management System)
    OmniUpdate is a CMS of our webpages.
  • Dashboard
    Area in OmniUpdate that includes workflow, current projects, broken pages, and user preferences.
  • DirectEdit
    The ability to access the web CMS editor from a (usually hidden) link on any web page and immediately edit the page without requiring users to find their pages in the web CMS directory.
  • Editable Regions
    Sub parts of a web page that are deemed accessible and editable by a particular content editor.
  • Final Check
    Administrators have the ability to enforce spell checking, link checking, W3C validation checking, and/or accessibility checking before a page is published.
  • Friendly URL
    The URL designator for a web page that is composed of human readable text, as opposed to unintelligible strings of characters, usually with meaning only in a database structure.
  • HTML (HyperText Markup Language)
    The standard markup language used on the Web to apply formatting to text.
  • In-Context Editing
    The ability to edit a web page as it would appear on the web. The actual web page is displayed during editing as opposed to a lesser text field element.
  • JustEdit
    JustEdit is the WYSIWYG editor used in OU Campus, using the TinyMCE 4 toolbar.
  • Multi-Browser Preview
    The ability to display a preview of a web page in different browsers and different platforms before publishing.
  • Production Server
    A site that is intended to serve web content to users.
  • Quick Search
    The ability to index and offer a look-up search field to find pages on the website that match the search criteria.
  • Redaptive
    Refers to a responsive and adaptive site design.
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
    A format that allows users to pull new content for viewing upon request.
  • Save-in-Place
    A WYSIWYG feature to save by performing CTRL+S on Windows or CMD+S on Mac.
  • Schedule Content
    The publishing of a web page through a web CMS at a particular time or removing and replacing content at a certain time with a special redirection or notice.
  • Section 508 Compliance
    Compliance with Section 508, which specifies text descriptions of graphic elements that may not be viewable by certain persons.
  • Snippets
    Re-usable content insertable from the WYSIWYG editor.
  • SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
    A cryptographic protocol that provides communication security over the internet.
  • Tagging
    The inclusion of tags that are used to specify certain actions to a web CMS.
  • Templates
    Structured documents that indicate how text will conform to a specified format.
  • Track Content Changes
    The ability of a web CMS to determine the difference between two succeeding versions of a web page.
  • Version Control and Revert
    The ability of a web CMS to store different versions of a website at given times and roll back the pages to be displayed to a previous version.
  • Workflow
    A web CMS requirement that allows certain tasks to be done in a specified manner, subject to certain approvals.
  • WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
    An editing approach supported by web CMS that enables the user to view and edit content in context of the entire page.
  • XML (eXtensible Markup Language)
    Is used to easily display information and communicate between applications.
  • Zip Import
    Authorized users can upload a single zip file containing multiple files.

Most of the terms above were adapted from the OmniUpdate support site.