Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Z

A

Active Channel

The channel that the visitor is currently viewing.

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Administrative User

A user who has been assigned one or more roles and can contribute to the Web site.

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Alt Text

A text description that can be associated with an image. Alt text is displayed when the pointer is moved over an image. Alt text is also displayed in browsers that have images turned off and is read by screen reader software.

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Approved Content

Content items approved by your organization and marked as ready to be published to a Web site. In versions of Extend with Workflow, content items have to be approved by the content creator, content editor and content approver before they can be published. Site administrators have the right to approve for all three roles and override any approvals.

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Article

A single piece of content created by a content creator. Articles can contain text, images, forms, and hyperlinks.

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Article Manager

A repository for all articles created within the organization. All articles can be viewed, updated, managed, and deleted in the Article Manager.

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Attributes

The primary text components of an article. They are: header, title, author, position, date, source, mini abstract, full abstract and body. Only title and date are required for an article.

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Anchor

To move from one place to another in a page, there must be anchors.

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Author

The person credited with writing an article. An author may or may not be the person who created the article in Extend.

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B

Banner

A special heading that can be displayed on a channel page to attract attention to an article. You can easily change the text color and background color of a banner.

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Biweekly

A frequency in a publication in which a new article is released every other week.

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.bmp file (Windows Bitmap)

An image format for Microsoft Windows systems.

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Body

The main portion of an article in Extend. The body can contain text, image and other media, and hyperlinks.

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Bookmark

An anchor in the middle of an article. If you have a long page with multiple sections, you can insert bookmarks at the start of each section and create links at the top of the page to the bookmark in each section.

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Breadcrumb

A series of hyperlinks above the main content area that provide a trail from the home page through the channel and subchannel pages to the content page. Breadcrumbs take their name from the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, and as the name implies, are designed to help visitor’s find their way back to the home page. Breadcrumbs display on all pages except the home page.

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C

Caption

A description displayed with an image.

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Cascading Style Sheet (CSS)

A document that provides formatting information, such as font types, sizes, and colors for HTML (hypertext markup language) pages. By putting this information in a cascading style sheet, formatting can be applied consistently across all the HTML pages on a Web site. When you want to make a change to a Web site’s appearance, you make the change in one cascading style sheet instead of numerous HTML pages.

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Categories (Category Manager)

As you create content and media in Extend, you can use categories to organize your content and media items. You can create custom categories and then assign a category to each content or media item. When you work in the Article Manager or Media Manager, you can filter the list of items by categories.

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Channel

A container for a group of related articles. Channels are like sections in a newspaper.

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Channel Group

Provide a way to organize channels.

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Channel Header

Text or an image that appears at the top of a channel page and all content pages accessed from the channel page.

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Channel Hierarchy

There are three elements in the channel hierarchy:

  1. Channel Group
  2. Channels
  3. Sub-channels

A channel must belong to a Channel Group and may have sub-channels, but only top level channels are displayed in the left navigation bar. Links to sub-channel pages appear in a horizontal bar at the top of their “parent” channel. A channel or sub-channel can be moved to another channel group.

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Channel Page

A special type of page in each channel that can contain more than one content item. This is where you publish content for the channel.

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Channel Style

A template for a channel that is different from the primary site design.

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Checkbox

A group of options in a form from which you can choose one item, more than one item, or no items.

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Clipboard

A container that can be used to store selected content items and content areas for quick access.

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Collaboration

An option that allows all content creators on the site to edit or delete an article. Collaboration is set for each article individually.

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Column

An area on a channel page where you can publish content items.

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.csv file (Comma Separated Values)

An ASCI text file in which data fields are separated by commas.

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Content

The text, images, and media that are on your Web site.

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Content Admin

An administrative user role that allows a user to create/edit their own content and content owned by others.

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Content Approver

An administrative user role in plans that have Workflow. Content Approvers have the final authority to approve content for a Web site. Until a content approver has approved a content item, it cannot be published on your Web site.

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Content Area

The area on a channel page created when a content item is published on a channel page. A channel page can have an unlimited number of content areas. A content area contains specific display options for a content item, and a content item can be in more than one content area.

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Content Creator

An administrative user role in plans that have workflow. Can create new content, edit their own content, and edit content that other users own if the Collaboration feature is enabled.

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Content Editor

An administrative user role in plans that have workflow. Content editors check the content for errors and make any necessary changes to it before sending it to the content approver for final approval.

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Content Item

An article or a publication.

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Content Management System

A computer application for creating, managing, and publishing text, images, and other media. Content is stored in a central database and can be published in different locations and formats. When you need to make a change to a piece of content, you only have to make the change in one place and all versions of the content item are updated automatically.

Different types of content management systems fulfill different roles. Extend is a Web Content Management System optimized for creating and maintaining Web sites.

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Content Migration and Layout

A service offered by ACS Technologies in which we will enter your content into the Content Manager and publish the content on channel pages.

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Content Page

A page on an Extend Web site that contains a single piece of content. Content pages are created automatically when a content item is accessed from a channel page or another piece of content.

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Content Rows

Rows in the main content area that contain content. Most content items are published in content rows.

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Creation Date

The date the content item was originally created.

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Custom Image

An image class in which the width of the image is greater than 200 pixels. Custom images can be inserted into the body of an article but cannot be used as teaser images.

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D

Daily

A frequency in a publication in which a new article is released every day.

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Delete

Permanently removing an item from the Content Manager or the Media Manager.

Deleted content items are removed from all Web sites on which they are published.

Deleted media files are removed from the Media Manager, but are not removed from published articles.

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Display Options

The way in which a specific instance of an article is displayed on the Web site. For example, in one instance of an article you can display the Title and Small Image only; in another instance you can display the Title, Mini Abstract, Large Image, and Body.

You can change the following display options for each instance of a content item:

  1. Determine which article attributes are to be displayed
  2. Add a colored banner at the top of a content area
  3. Change the background color for that content block
  4. Modify the image layout for a content area or the entire page

Changing Display Options for a selected content item does not change the original content item, only the display of this particular instance of the content item.

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Domain Hosting

A service in which ACS Technologies hosts and manages your Web site’s domain names.

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Domain Masking

A service in which your domain name appears in a browsers address bar instead of the actual name of the server that your Web site is located on.

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Domain Name

A pointer to an organization’s Internet address. Most domain names end in .com, .org, or .net. For example, acstechnologies.com is the domain name used by ACS Technologies for most of our Web sites and our email addresses. Domain names point to servers on the Internet.

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Domain Registration

A service in which ACS Technologies will register a new domain for a client.

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Domain Transfer

A service in which ACS Technologies will transfer a client’s existing domain to our management. The client remains the owner, or registrant, of the domain.

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Draft

The status for articles or publications that have not begun the approval process. A content item in Draft mode cannot be published to a Web site.

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Drop-Down Menu

A list of options in a form that display when the user clicks a down arrow. The user can select one item from the list.

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E

Expiration Date

A date in which a content item is automatically removed from a Web site. The expiration date is the last date the article displays on your Web site.

Expired content might leave an empty spot on your Web site and affect the layout of a channel page.

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F

Forms

An interactive Web page in which the visitor can enter information and send it to you. For example, visitors could fill out and submit a Request for Information form to have information sent to their homes.

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Frequency

The standard period of time in which the current article in a publication is replaced by a new article.

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Full Abstract

A brief summary of an article, usually not more than a paragraph. It can be the same as the first paragraph of the article, or it can be unique. It can be displayed on a channel page. A link to the full article usually follows the full abstract.

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G

Graphic Interchange Format (GIF)

A compressed graphic format with a .gif file name extension. This is an 8-bit color format that can display up to 256 colors and is generally useful for nonphotographic images with a somewhat limited range of color, such as a screen shots. GIF images provide the best quality for grayscale photographs, cartoons, small icons, buttons, bars, lines, and bullets. GIFs can also be animated where multiple layers are stored in a single file and are played sequentially to create an animation.

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Global Column

Special columns in which content published in these columns is displayed on all pages on the Web site. Global columns are located in the left and right columns.

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Global Content

Content published in a global column and displayed on all Web pages on the Web site.

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Graphic Design

A service offered by ACS Technologies in which we create a custom header or design for your site.

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Graphical Integration

A service offered by ACS Technologies in which we integrate a custom header that you create into your site.

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H

Heading

The general category of the content item. For example, an article about a fund raising event might be titled “Silent Auction Raises Money for New Building” and have the heading “Fund Raising.”

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History

A record of changes to a content item.

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Home Page

The primary page of a Web site.

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.hqx File (BinHex)

A compressed file type for Apple Macintosh computers.

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HTML

Hypertext Markup Language. A computer language consisting of tags (markup) that define the structure and appearance of a Web page. HTML also contains tags that create hyperlinks to other Web pages. Browsers such as Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator interpret HTML and display a formatted Web page.

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HTML Editor

A text editor that allows a user to create HTML without having to know HTML. The HTML editor in Extend allows the user to work in a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) environment similar to that of most word processing systems.

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Hyperlink

A text snippet or image that, when clicked, opens up a new Web page.

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Image Class

The size of an image, based on the width in pixels.

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Image Layout

The size, position, and text wrapping characteristics of a teaser image.

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Images

A graphic or picture.

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Indexing

Includes the content in Web searches. An approved content item that is indexed can be included in search results even if it has not been published.

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J

JavaScript

A scripting language that can be incorporated into Web pages to add dynamic and interactive effects.

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JPEG or Joint Photographic Expert Group format (.jpg)

Compressed high-color or true-color images. For images with 256 colors or more, the images are compressed in JPG format, which is handled very well by HTML browsers.

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K

Keywords

Words used to facilitate searches. Keywords can also be words that do not actually appear in an article (for example, synonyms) so that articles with those keywords are also returned in search results.

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L

Label

A heading used to group elements on a form into categories.

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Large Image

An image class in which the width of the image is between 151 and 200 pixels. Large class images can be inserted into the body of an article and used as teaser images.

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Layout

The arrangement of content on a Web page.

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Layout Manager Tool Bar

The Layout Manager Tool bar is located below the header in Layout Manager.  A channel can be turned on or off from the tool bar and updated with the latest changes.  It can also provide the channel's status with the last time/date it was published and by who.

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Layout Publisher

An administrative user role in plans that have Workflow. Layout Publishers arrange approved content items on channel pages, select display options, and publish content.

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Left Column

A column that appears on the left side of the Web page and can contain both local and global content. It often contains the navigation bar.

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Link

See Hyperlink.

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Link List

A collection of hyperlinks that appear below the body of an article. You can determine whether to display the link list when setting an article’s display options.

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Locked Content Item

A content item that is opened for editing and cannot be accessed by another administrative user. Until the content item has been saved as draft or approved it will remain locked. Only Site Administrators and the current content owner can break the lock.

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M

Main Content Area

The area of your Web site where most of your content items will be published.

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Media File

Typically media files are all non-HTML files.  Media files are mostly images that you can upload into Extend and use.  However, media files can also be documents, pdf files, and audio/video files.  Media files cannot exceed 25mb.

Examples of Media:

  • .jpg (Image Files)
  • .pfd ( Adobe Documents)
  • .swf (Flash Files)
  • .doc (Office Files)
  • .mp3 (Audio/Video Files)

 

 

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Media List

A list of all media belonging to the organization, stored in Media Manager.

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Media Manager

The area in Extend where you upload and manage your media files. Here you can view all the media files for your site, as well as Add new files, delete older files and view properties for each file.  You can also replace existing files, replacing the file system wide.

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Medium Class Image

An image class in which the width of the image is between 101 and 150 pixels. Medium class images can be inserted into the body of an article and used as teaser images.

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Memo Field

A text field in a form in which you can enter an unlimited amount of text. A memo field is typically used for open-ended questions.

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Metadata

Information that describes a Web page but does not display on the Web page itself.

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Microsoft Media File (.wma, .wmv, .aux)

A collection of streaming and nonstreaming file formats designed to be played back using Microsoft Media Player.

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MIDI or Musical Instrument Digital Interface File (.mid)

A file format used to store music.

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Mini Abstract

A brief statement, usually a sentence or less, designed to attract the reader to the full article. The mini abstract can also function as a subtitle.

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Monthly

A frequency in a publication in which a new article is released every month.

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MP3 or MPEG Audio Layer 3 (.mp3)

A compressed audio file type.

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Navigation Bar

A set of hyperlinks to channel pages that appear on all of the pages on a Web site.

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Network

A collection of sites that form a larger site or community. All organizations or departments within a network have the ability to syndicate content, and have access to any content that has been syndicated.

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Network Administrator

The person who has the overall authority for all Web sites within a network. Duties include editing preferences, adding new sites and managing network channels. The network administrator also has the rights and privileges of Site Administrator for all sites on the network.

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Network Content

Syndicated content items from other sites on your network. This content can be added to your Web site but not manipulated in any way. The owner may retract the content item at any time.

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Network Message

The message in the text box that appears on all administrative tabs. These messages can only be sent by a network administrator.

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N-Tier

A network or Internet application in which different components of the application are stored on different servers. For example, the program files reside on a workstation and the data resides on a database server.

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O

On/Off

Indicates the status of the channel. On indicates that a channel is presently turned on and able to be viewed. Off indicates that a channel is turned off and is hidden to the public. Channels can be turned On or Off from Site Manager and Page Manager.

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Owner

The user responsible for maintaining the content item. By default, the user who created the content item is the owner. The designated owner of a particular content item can be changed manually. The owner of the content item is not necessarily its author.

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Page Layout

The arrangement of images and content items on a Web page.

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Partner

An organization that is part of a network.

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Password

A unique string of characters and numbers used in combination with the username to gain access to the administrative pages of your Web site.

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PDF or Portable Document Format file

A file format created by Adobe that maintains the formatting of the original document and can be viewed on Windows, Mac, and UNIX systems. Viewing a PDF file requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Pending Content

A content item that is not approved.

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PNG or Portable Network Graphic file

A graphics format simple to GIF but capable of containing more colors.

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Position

The author’s job title.

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Posted Content

Approved content items published on a Web site.

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Primary Site Design

The template that provides the overall look and feel for your Web site.

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Private Channel

A channel that is only available to visitors who sign in to the Web site and have been assigned the role of Staff by a site administrator. Also called a Staff Channel.

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Promote

To replace the current version of a content item with an older version of the same content item.

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Public Channel

A channel without access restrictions.

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Publication

A time-sensitive collection of related articles that are released based upon a preset date.

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Publication Settings

Determine how publications are shared and helps other administrative users find the content.

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Publishing

Posting a piece of content on the live Web site.

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Podcasting

Podcasting is a digital media file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback.

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Q

QuickTime file (.qt, .mov)

A multimedia file type for Macs designed by Apple. QuickTime files can also be played on Windows systems that have QuickTime software installed.

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R

Radio Button

A group of options in a form from which you must choose one, and only one, item.

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Registered User

A user who has registered with the site and has access to registered user channels.

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Registered User Channel

A channel only available to those who register with the site. Used to provide inside information that will appeal to those who are specifically interested in the organization.

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Release Date

The specific date an event within a publication is scheduled to be published to a Web site.

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Release Time

The specific time an event within a publication is scheduled to be published to a Web site.

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Remove

To delete a single instance of a content item from a channel page. Other published instances of the content item are unaffected and the content item remains in the Content Manager for future use.

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Retract

To remove sydication from article which removes article from all network sites using it. The content item remains in the Article Manager for future use.

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Revision Date

The date on which the content item was last edited.

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Rich Text File (.rtf)

A cross-platform text file format that can contain formatted text and graphics.

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Right Column

A column that appears on the right side of the Web page and can contain both local and global content.

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Roles

A security system in which a user’s access rights are determined by roles assigned by the site administrator.

There are seven different roles for managing content and site design:

  • Site Administrator
  • Channel Admin
  • Content Admin
  • Content Creator
  • Content Editor
  • Content Approver
  • Layout Publisher

Each role may be assigned to multiple users, and any user may be assigned any combination of roles.

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Row Options

The number of columns, background colors, and borders of a content row.

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RSS

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an XML-based format for content subscription.

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Schedule

The release dates and sequence of articles in a publication.

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Settings

Determines how content items are shared and helps users find the content. Settings include syndication, collaboration, user ratings, indexing, owner, keywords, creation and expiration date, State/Province and Country.

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Shockwave/Flash file(.swf)

An animated graphics format from Macromedia.

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Sign In

For administrative users, logging into the administrative pages to work on the Web site.

For register users and staff members, logging into the Web site to view restricted content.

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SIT File

A Mac file that contains one or more compressed files.

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Site

In Site Extend, a site is a Web site.

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Site Administrator

The user with overall responsibility for an individual Web site. A site administrator can perform all the functions of the other roles, and add users and change site settings and preferences.

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Site Architecture

A service offered by ACS Technologies in which we will design and create the channel and navigation structure of your Web site.

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Site Design

A service offered by ACS Technologies in which we design the overall look and feel of your Web site, including header graphics, page layout, and font styles.

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Site Header

The primary header image and text for a Web site.

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Site Number

Your organization’s ACS Technologies Account ID.

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Small Image

An image class in which the width of the image is less than 150 pixels. Small class images can be inserted into the body of an article and used as teaser images.

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Source

The organization that an article’s author is representing.

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Staff

A role with access only to private channels with no other roles or privileges.

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Staff Channel

A channel that is only available to visitors who sign in to the Web site and have been assigned the role of Staff by a site administrator. Also called a Private Channel.

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Streaming Media

Allows users to play audio/video content without having to download the file to their local computer.

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Style Guide

A document containing recommended page layouts and graphical design standards. A style guide can be created by ACS Technologies as a part of the Site Design service.

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Subchannel

A container for a group of related articles. Subchannels are displayed in the subchannel bar in their parent channel.

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Syndication

A feature that allows you to make an approved content item available to other organizations on your network or in your community.

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T

Template

A style sheet that contains page layout, header images, and paragraph formatting information and standardizes the overall look and feel of your Web site.

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Text Field

A blank field in a form in which a user can type up to 255 characters of text. Text fields are typically used for short text fields such as names and addresses.

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Text File (.txt)

A file format that can contain only unformatted text.

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Thumbnail

A miniature representation of an image.

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Title

The name of a content item.

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U

Updating

A content status in which an approved version of a content item is published and a newer version has not yet been approved.

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Uploading

Transferring images and other media files from your computer to Extend.

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URL

Uniform Resource Locator. A Web address. A URL begins with a protocol name, such as “http”, followed by a colon and two forward slashes (/). Next is the name of the internet server that the file is stored on, known by a unique domain name such as “www.extendplatform.com”, followed by the location of the specific Web page on the server. Directories are separated by a single forward slash.

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User

An administrative user.

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Username

A unique name assigned to each user that is used to sign into the Extend administration pages.

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V

Versioning

A feature in Extend that saves all changes made to a content item and allows you to revert to an older version of the content item.

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Visitors

People who visit your Web Site.

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W

Weekly

A frequency in a publication in which a new article is released every week.

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Workflow

A feature in Extend in which different people are responsible creating, editing, approving, and publishing content, and content cannot be published until everyone in the chain has approved the content.

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WYSIWYG

What you see is what you get. WYSIWYG refers to HTML editors and word processors that display text and graphics in the editor in the same way as they will appear in the finished product.

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X

XML

Extensible Markup Language. Like HTML, XML is a computer language consisting of tags (markup) that defines the structure of a document. Unlike HTML, which has a fixed set of tags, XML is extensible, and you can create your own tags. Also unlike HTML, formatting information is stored in a separate document. Extend is an XML-based system.

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XSL

Extensible Stylesheet Language. The formatting language for XML documents.

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XSLT

Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation. A computer language used to convert XML documents into HTML for display on the Web.

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Z

ZIP file

A file that contains one or more compressed files.

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Last Published: November 23, 2008 7:08 PM