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Address (web address): Each site has it's own specific address, much like the street address of your house.  Creighton's address is www.creighton.edu.  www stands for world wide web.  It is not uncommon to see sites not using www.  The creighton.edu is our domain.  edu can only be used by Schools, it stands for education.  Although there is no hard and fast rule for these anymore the extensions roughly mean: .com = commercial, .org = not-for-profit, .net = internet provider, .gov = US Goverment agency.  It's also quite common to see addresses like www.mydomain.ru or www.mydomain.ca or www.mydomain.cn; ru= Russia, ca = Canada and cn = China.  This is only 3 examples of the countries web address extension.  You can find more extensions at Top Level Domain Name Extensions and a list of countries extensions at Webopedia.

Anchor: the word or phrase that can be clicked to connect to another page or resource.  Also the tag that creates this link.  How to create anchors/links to other Typo3 pages, External pages and to documents is covered in the Typo3 class, starts on page 11 (pdf) (doc).  You can also access the course material on Bluetrain.  Creating links to specific content elements is covered in "How do you link to specific content?"

Blog: (short for web log) is a type of web page that offers a series of posted items (short articles, photos, diary entries, etc.). Blogs usually include a searchable archive of old postings. Blogs have become a common medium for communication in professional, political, news, trendy, and other specialized web communities.  We have a blogging community where you can create your own blog.  Instructions can be found at http://www.creighton.edu/doit/web/blogging/.

Cache: A temporary storage location that is used to speed up otherwise slow processes. In TYPO3, there are caches at many levels. Frontend pages and backend configurations can be cached and some extensions, such as RealURL, provide their own caches to store data. In each case, the main thing to understand about a cache is that you may need to clear it before recent changes appear on your site. 

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets: is a system for formatting web pages. CSS defines the look and layout of the page and allows you to separate the content from the look. CSS is often added in a .css file although it can be embedded in HTML.

Content element: this is what goes on your web pages. It can be text, images,  or a variety of other content. The actual “element” is what goes on the page. It's basically a container for your text, images, movie, form etc.  A TYPO3 page can contain one or more content elements. Working with Content, Specific Rich Text Editor help.

CMS or Content Management System: The technical term for what TYPO3 does, and refers to a whole software system that manages content in an intelligent and structured way.  More Information:  Wikipedia on CMS systems

Contextual Menu: a contextual menu a popup menu you get if you click on a page icon or a content icon.

D - F

Dates - Dates used in the Typo3 application (start, stop etc) are in European format, that is Day/Month/Year. 

Draft Workspace: The draft workspace is an area where you can make changes or add/delete content or pages without affecting the live site.  For any changes you have made in the draft workspace to show up on the live site you have to publish the page/content.  

G - I

HTML: HyperText Markup Language is a programming language for creating web pages. The HTML is interpreted in the browser and displayed according to the specification.

J - L

List Module:  The work horse of Typo3 (my opinion), you can do almost anything you need to from the List module, add, edit, delete pages and content, develop draft versions of content and pages, change access (if you are a site owner), undo a mistake, and much more.

M - O

Module: the menu options to the far left View, List, Info... etc.  What you see there will depend on the installation and your permissions level. 

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Page: A web page is what you see when you go to a web site. A website is usually made up of many web pages. These can be either actual physical documents like index.html or as in Typo3  a "page" can be a row in the database that is rendered in a user's browser, looking like a physical document although it is not.

Page Module: The Typo3 module which allows you to work with an individual page as a single unit.

Page tree: This is the tree-like structure of what the web pages look like in the TYPO3 Backend. The page tree often (but not always) mimics a site's navigation.   At the top-level you will see the home page, the page that is first viewed when you first get to the website, and if you select a certain section (i.e., “About Us”), you will find sub-sections such as “Our Staff”, “Directions”, etc.

Rich Text Editor ( RTE): This editor allows you to enter text and graphics with formatting such as bold, italics, headings and other things normally found in a word processor such as Microsoft Word. The RTE is mainly used inside the Text content element. Some advanced tips can be found under Working with Content/ Some specific RTE Help

S - U

Template: a group of files and data that contain information about how you want your website pages to look. You can use a specific template on a whole website or parts of a website.

UID or PID: uid stands for “unique identifier” and pid stands for "page identifier". Everything saved in TYPO3 has a unique id which is a number. These numbers are used by the webteam.  Occasionally we will may them when talking to a client about a project.

URL: stands for “Uniform Resource Locator” and refers to the web address that you type into a browser such as www.google.com or www.creighton.edu.

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View Module: A graphical representation of your page which allows you to edit (but not add) content elements.  For several reasons the View Module may not give you a correct interpretation of your page.

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