Address—location of a website. Also known as web address or Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). Michigan Tech’s address is http://www.mtu.edu/
Breadcrumb navigation—way for a user to keep track of their location within a website. They are a list or trail of links that start with the main page and end at the current web page.
Content Management System—system used to organize, manage, and share content. It allows for standardized processes and decentralized management of content. Also known as CMS.
CSS—style sheet language used to describe the way a document looks (presentation) in an HTML, XHTML, or XML document. It consists of a list of rules that control the fonts, colors, and other typographic properties. It’s an acronym for Cascading Style Sheets.
Design—to create or produce—with a goal or plan in mind—information, aesthetics, art, or to solicit an action. In the web world, design can refer to graphic design, page design, project design, website design, web application design, product or mobile interface design.
Graphic—image or picture that appears on a screen and usually does not contain text.
Graphic design—visual communication using design elements to produce a product.
Home page—opening or main page of a website.
Hyperlink—text or graphic element that when clicked can take you to another location on the current or on a different web page.
HTML—language used to make web pages. It’s an acronym for Hypertext Markup Language.
Information architecture—design and organization of a web framework that’s based on information environments optimized for usability.
Landing page—a page that users are referred to from other websites, ads, or people. Potentially, any page on a website can be considered a landing page because arrival to and viewing on your website isn’t linear.
Page—the content you can see on your web browser without clicking to a different address. Also called an electronic page or web page.
Page design—the way a page is organized and presented.
Project Design—blueprint for a specific web project. It includes a creative brief, site map, and wireframe.
Semantic web—provides for a way of using common language to tag data so that information exchange can occur in databases and produce an outcome that’s perceptive to the user.
Site map—organization of a website that breaks the web pages down into a hierarchy that is commonly presented graphically like a family tree.
Style sheet—contains a page’s presentation (layout) rules, using a language such as CSS.
User—person accessing a computer.
Validation—checking a web page or style sheet for errors in coding that will degrade the rendering of the webpage. Web validators are based on W3C standards. See http://www.w3.org/QA/Tools/
Web browser—software application that allows a user to view content on the internet. Common web browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.
Web Design—process of planning and creating a website. Text, images, digital media and programming elements are shaped by the web designer to produce the page seen on the web browser.
Web page—page that is available on a web browser and has a web address assigned to it.
Website—collection of web pages that contains a home page.
Wireframe—text-only model based on your site map. It not only identifies the entry and exit points your users will experience on every page in your site, but also provides grounding for each page’s purpose.
XHTML—abbreviation for extensible hypertext markup language. Unlike HTML, XHTML can be used in the semantic web. It is viewed as the successor to HTML