Glossary of Selected Terms

AppConsole: see Application Console

Application Console: file-structure based interface that allows users access to more advanced functions of the CMS. It is also called “AppConsole.”

Cascading Style Sheet: A style sheet used for web pages to enforce a common look and feel without encoding raw HTML in every static file.

Channel: a means of organizing and deploying content that is displayed to users on sites. Each site has, at a minimum, a single “Home” channel which can have several subchannels.

CMS: see Content Management Services or Content Management Suite, depending on context
Content Item: a database-driven piece of content based on a Content Type Definition (CTD). Also known as an instance.

Content Management Services: a powerful solution for creating and managing content. It makes it easy deliver a consistent message through public-facing web sites. It allows content to be created once and published in multiple places to multiple audiences. It is scalable; as the number of sites and the quantity of content grows, the number of content contributors can scale with it.

Content Management Suite (CMS): the entire installed Open Text Content
Management product suite.

Content Type: a template for content entry; it defines the attributes for each type of content, based on the underlying database tables.

CSS: see Cascading Style Sheet 

Development, Marketing, & Communications: Department within LSA that provides strategic, integrated services for all College fundraising, marketing, and both postal and web communications.

DMC: see Development, Marketing, & Communications

GIF: see Graphics Interchange Format Graphics Interchange Format: a graphics format pioneered by CompuServe that has a maximum of 256 colors, interlacing, and transparency (one color can be defined as transparent, allowing the background color to be visible); one of the most common graphics formats on the World Wide Web (WWW).

HTML: see HyperText Markup Language

HTTP: see HyperText Transfer Protocol

HTTPS: see HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure

HyperText Markup Language: the underlying base language for the world wide web (WWW).

HyperText Transfer Protocol: protocol used for requesting and serving web pages.

HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure: Protocol used for requesting and serving web pages securely.

Instance: see Content Item.

Job: a collection of assets (regardless of  type) bundled together for publishing.

ICE: see In Context Editing

In Context Editing: visual interface that allows the user to see how the changes made to the CMS will look on the live site. Most of the content editing is done through this interface. It is most commonly called “Preview” or “ICE” 

Joint Photographic Experts Group: a group of photographic exports who, finding the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) format too limiting for true quality static video, developed their own. The format provides for thousands of colors but no interlacing or transparency

JPG: see Joint Photographic Experts Group 

Literature, Science, and the Arts: the largest college at the University of Michigan

LSA: see Literature, Science, and the Arts

LSA Information Technology: the parent organization for the Research Systems Group (RSG) and the System Services Team (SST).

LSAIT: see LSA Information Technology

Portable Document Format: a standard document format, developed by Adobe Systems, portable across multiple computer platforms

PDF: see Portable Document Format

Preview: see In Context Editing

Project: a logical structure or container used to organize content items; projects can contain content items, static files, and subprojects. At a minimum the project file structure should reflect the Sites or Channel folder structure

Rich Media Services: CMS component that provides the technology to allow media editors to manage multiple formats and sizes of web assets such as images, video metadata, podcasts and Flash/RIA

RMS: see Rich Media Services

Role: a collection of capabilities assigned to groups of users

Sites: vehicle for delivering content to the users; sites contain channels, content items, and static files

Source Path: the location of the static file

SQL: see Structured Query Language

Static File: a document, such as a GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, Word .doc, XML, or other file, under CMS control and stored in the file system

Structured Query Language: an industry-standard language for performing queries against a database.

Subchannel: A channel within another, parent channel. See channel. 

Subproject: A project within another, parent project. See project.

Uniform Resource Locator: the address of a specific Web site or file on the Internet. It cannot have spaces or certain other characters and uses forward slashes to denote different directories.

Uniqname: the unique textual identifier for a user’s account information in the computing resources at the University of Michigan.

URL: see Uniform Resource Locator