The glossary contains a list of frequently used words and acronyms related to Modern Campus (formerly OmniUpdate) and Omni CMS (formerly OU Campus).

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  • Accessibility Check

    Validation available to ensure web accessibility compliance.

  • Accessibility Technology Initiative

    SDSU Accessibility Statement strives to ensure that campus communication and information technology is accessible to everyone, as part of our commitment to excellence through diversity and inclusion.

  • Access Rights

    The ability to edit a web page or part of a web page.

  • Account

    Accounts are containers for organizing sites, users, and groups within the Omni CMS environment. If a person needs access to sites in more than one account, a user must be created for that person in each account. Since the user's level, toolbar, and group assignments can change from one account to the next, a person's access can change dramatically when they switch accounts.

  • Account Administrator

    Omni CMS account administrators train users, add users to the system, configure access, provide technical support, troubleshoot website issues, and assist with resolving accessibility errors. They are the liaison for requesting new websites from IT as needed.

  • Analytics (web)

    web analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of web data for purposes of understanding and optimizing web usage.

  • Anchor

    A tag inserted into a page that can subsequently be linked to, both on the same page and external pages. This is useful for pages with a lot of content, allowing links within the page to take the user to specific sections.

  • Approver

    A user that has been assigned to approve changes for another user.

  • ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications)

    Defines a way to make web content and applications more accessible to people with disabilities.

  • ASPX

    An aspx file is a web page that may contain code interpreted by the web server, primarily used with Microsoft ASP.NET. ASP is an acronym for Active Server Pages. Like many file extensions Microsoft created around the same time period, an X was appended to indicate the file was created with the newer version of the technology.

  • Asset Management

    Managing assets is similar to managing pages. The availability of functionality is dependent upon access settings and authority level. By default, all user levels can view the Assets list, but this can be restricted at the site level.

  • Assets

    Reusable content which can be created and managed in one location, then placed into an unlimited number of pages. When an asset's content is updated and the asset is published, all of the pages containing the asset are automatically republished to reflect the change.

  • Auto Draft

    A feature of the editor that saves a draft of the content you are editing.


  • Brand Integrity

    The characteristic look and feel of a website are maintained.

  • Breadcrumbs

    A navigational technique displaying all visited pages leading from the home page to the currently viewed page. All pages are linked for easy backwards navigation. Breadcrumbs are typically placed near the top of a web page.

  • Broken Page

    A page containing one or more links or other references (assets, images, etc.) that no longer exist and need to be corrected.


  • Check In

    Checked in files are available for users to edit. Whenever a file is not being edited it should always be checked in for others to access it.

  • Check Out

    When a page or file is checked out to a user, no other users can enter the pages and make changes until the file has been checked back in.

  • Components

    Components are a form of reusable content that simplifies entering information into complex design elements. They present a form to the user in Omni CMS which can limit the types of information which the user can provide. The information is then placed into the designated code regions in the component to generate the desired output.

  • CSS (cascading style sheet)

    A specification of the formatting style for various elements of a web page.


  • Dashboard

    Area in Omni CMS that includes Workflow, Current Projects, Broken Pages, and Settings/Preferences (for a user).

  • Dependency Manager (DM)

    A feature that manages linking among internal files. It is used to help preserve the integrity of links leading to content maintained in Omni CMS.

  • DirectEdit™

    The Last Updated date (link) in the footer of the web page will take the user directly to that particular page in the Omni CMS interface.


  • Editable Regions

    Parts of a web page that are accessible and editable. Editable Regions may include Intro Content, Additional Content, Left Sidebar Content, and Right Sidebar Content.

  • Emergency Alerts

    Allows administrators to quickly and easily create custom emergency announcements that are prominently displayed on the website.


  • Favicon (short for favorite icon")

    An icon associated with a website or webpage intended to be used when you bookmark the web page. web browsers use them in the URL bar, on tabs, and elsewhere to help identify a website visually.

  • File

    An uploaded document including PDF, Word, Excel, etc.

  • File Management

    The ability to perform standard file functions within the CMS such as copy, move, rename, delete, etc.


  • Gadget

    Programs that provide additional functionality and access to in Omni CMS.

  • Governance

    The web Governance Committee provides guidance and policies for the implementation of Omni CMS at SDSU. Membership consists of individuals from the web community who represent the different campus departments, colleges, and divisions.


  • Headings

    Are used to index the structure and content of your web pages. It is important to use headings to show the document structure. Heading 1 is for main heading followed by heading 2, then heading 3 being a sub heading to Heading 2. They are extremely important to users listening to websites since it allows them to jump to the topic of interest versus listening to the entire page to get to specific content.

  • Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

    HyperText Markup Language is a language used for creating web pages. Various instructions and sets of tags are used to define the structure of the document, allowing the browser to understand how the content should be rendered.

  • HyperText Transport Protocol Secured (HTTPS)

    An Internet protocol that is used by web servers and web browsers to transfer and display hypermedia documents securely across the Internet.


  • Icon

    A graphic symbol that represents an object (such as a file).

  • Include (.inc) Files

    Include files are files which are included inline in other pages. These are commonly used for inserting common code into pages, such as Analytics and other scripts.

  • 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.

  • Information Architecture

    Information architecture (IA) focuses on organizing, structuring, and labeling content in an effective and sustainable way. The goal is to help users find information and complete tasks.

  • Insert Media

    The button in the CMS which provides the capability to insert audio, video, and other multimedia content.

  • Interior Page

    Any page within a site that is not a primary landing page. Interior pages are usually distinguished by the inclusion of some form of secondary navigation.


  • JustEdit

    Another name for the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor in Omni CMS.


  • Live Delivery Platform

    Live Delivery Platform (LDP) is a set of interactive features that allows users to create a more dynamic website experience through reusable content, such as image galleries and customizable forms.

  • Lock (files)

    A lock icon on files from page view indicates the page is checked out by someone. The file cannot be accessed until the user either publishes the page or checks it back in.

  • Log

    History of actions performed on a particular file with user, date, and time noted.


  • Modal

    In user interface design for computer applications, a modal interface is a child window or element displayed in front of the main interface which prevents access to the main interface until the modal interface is dismissed.

  • Multi-Browser Preview

    The ability to display a preview of a web page as it should appear in different browsers and different platforms before publishing.

  • MultiEdit Content

    A form-like interface to prompt the user for information to be used on a page.


  • OmniUpdate Glossary

    OmniUpdate (OU) glossary contains a more extensive list of frequently used words and acronyms related to Modern Campus (formerly OmniUpdate) and Omni CMS.

  • OU Campus

    Is the former name of Omni CMS. The content management system (CMS) makes it easy to manage web pages and repurpose content in a user-friendly way.

  • OU Insights

    Is a module that allows administrators to get detailed information and reports for their site, including SEO strength, accessibility compliance, spelling, and links on the site.


  • Page List View

    This is the main view in Omni CMS where all of the folders and pages that make up a website can be viewed (as long as you have access to them).

  • .pcf (publish control file)

    A publish control file is an XML file which contains specific instructions concerning the manner in which Omni CMS processes the data upon publishing.


  • Quick Search

    The Filter tool allows the content in a list view to be filtered by the string typed into the field. The filter applies to specific columns available on the screen.


  • Really Simple Syndication (RSS)

    It allows visitors to subscribe to feeds on topics of interest. In a college or university setting, RSS can be used to easily deliver content such as breaking news, emergencies, and events on campus. This can save time for both content end-users and site visitors.

  • Redirect URL

    URL redirection, also called URL forwarding, is a technique for making a web page available under more than one URL address. When a web browser attempts to open a URL that has been redirected, the browser is directed to open a different URL, instead.

  • Responsive Web Design (RWD)

    RWD allows for dynamic changes to the appearance of a website, depending on the screen size and orientation of the device used to view it, ranging from phone screens to huge desktop monitors.

  • Revert

    This option allows reverting a file to a different version.


  • Save-in-Place

    A WYSIWYG feature to save using the keyboard command: CTRL+S (CMD+S for macOS).

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

    The process of affecting the online visibility of a website or a webpage in a search engine's unpaid results.

  • Section

    A section is a folder within a site which includes the following files by default: (or _nav.ounav), _props.pcf, and index.pcf

  • Settings/Preferences

    Settings/Preferences allows users to see the current configuration of their user.

  • Snippets

    Re-usable predefined content available to be inserted into pages for content customization.

  • Snippet Portfolio

    A portfolio of the snippets available in the business templates.

  • Styles

    Used to modify the appearance of content.


  • Tags (are not required)

    Tags are used to sort and filter pages, files, and assets within Omni CMS to make them easier to locate, and are not site-specific but shared account-wide. A collection refers to tags that are grouped together.

  • Taxonomy (in IT terms)

    The science of categorization, or classification, of things based on a predetermined system. In reference to websites and portals, a site's taxonomy is the way it organizes its data into categories and subcategories, sometimes displayed in a site map.

  • TinyMCE

    The name of a third-party editor interface that is used when editing some forms of content in Omni CMS.

  • Transformation Error

    A transformation error is frequently just a typo or an unclosed XML tag. The error is usually seen when trying to preview or publish a page, and the message includes a summary and code section to indicate the location of the error. The error is initially presented in a dialog box and after closing the window, an error message is also shown in the preview rather than the expected preview of the page.


  • Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

    Used to specify addresses on the internet. A URL is the fundamental network identification for any resource connected to the web (e.g., hypertext pages, images, and sound files).


  • Versions

    A list view of all versions of a file or other content (e.g. page or asset). You must have the file checked out to view the versions list.


  • What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG)

    The WYSIWYG editing approach supported by Omni CMS that enables the user to view and edit content in context of the entire page. The WYSIWYG Editor provides a toolbar for editing pages.

  • Wireframe

    A wireframe is a two-dimensional illustration of a page interface that specifically focuses on space allocation and prioritization of content, available functionality, and intended behavior.

  • Workflow

    Defines an approval process for the publication of content. A workflow can be specific to the content, the user, or both.


  • XML

    eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding data in a format that is both human- and machine-readable. XML is a markup language much like HTML.

  • XSL

    eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) is a family of languages for the transformation and presentation of XML documents. It consists of:

    • the XSL Transformations (XSLT) language for transforming XML (into other languages/formats or other forms of XML)
    • the XML Path language (XPath) to reference the parts of an XML document
    • the XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO) vocabulary for formatting an XML document for print or display (sometimes used to generate PDFs)


  • Zip Import

    Allows for a zip file to be imported into Omni CMS. After uploading the zip file, the system will extract the contents of the file and make each file (or a subset of those files, if the user desires) available within the system.