The glossary contains a list of frequently used words and acronyms related to OmniUpdate and the OU Campus system.

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  • Accessibility Check

    Validation available to ensure web accessibility compliance.
  • Accessibility Technology Initiative

    SDSU Accessible 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 OU Campus 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

    OU Campus account administrators train users, create user accounts, setup 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 (Active Server Pages)

    An aspx file is a web page that may contain code interpreted by the web server primarily used with Microsoft ASP.Net.
  • Asset Management

    Managing assets is similar to managing pages. Like pages, the availability of functionality is dependent upon access settings and authority level. By default, all user levels can view the Assets list view, 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, feel, and persona 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 that no longer exist that 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 OU Campus 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 OU Campus 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 OU Campus.
  • DirectEdit™

    It is the Last Updated date (link) in the footer of the web page used to access the OU Campus interface to edit pages.


  • Editable Regions

    Sub-parts of a web page that are accessible and editable. Our Editable Regions include Intro Content, Additional Content, Left Sidebar Content, and Right Sidebar Content.
  • Emergency Alerts

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


  • Favicon (short for favorite icon")

    It is 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 OU Campus.
  • Governance

    The Web Governance Committee provides guidance and policies for the implementation of OU Campus at SDSU. Membership consists 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; a language used for creating web pages. Various instructions and sets of tags are used to define how the document will look.
  • 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). View Font Awesome icons. 
  • Include (.inc)

    Include files are global so when published it will affect all the pages.
  • 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 CMS capability to insert graphics, audio, video, and other multimedia types.
  • Interior Page

    Any page within a site that is not the main homepage for that site.


  • JustEdit

    The OU editor also known as the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.


  • Live Delivery Platform

    Live Delivery Platform, or (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

    List of actions with person, date and time noted.


  • Modal

    In user interface design for computer applications, a modal window is a graphical control element subordinate to an application's main window. It creates a mode that disables the main window, but keeps it visible with the modal window as a child window in front of it.
  • Multi-Browser Preview

    The ability to display a preview of a web page in different browsers and different platforms before publishing.
  • MultiEdit Content

    A way to quickly enter information for several fields. 


  • OmniUpdate Glossary

    OmniUpdate (OU) glossary contains a more extensive list of frequently used words and acronyms related to OmniUpdate and the OU Campus system.
  • OU Campus

    Is a Content Management System (CMS) that 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 OU Campus where all the folders and pages that make up websites (as long as you have access to them) can be viewed.

  • .pcf (publish control file)

    The publish control file is an XML data file which contains specific instructions concerning the manner in which OU Campus processes XML data upon publishing.


  • Quick Search

    The Filter tool allows the content in a list view to be delimited by the string typed into the Filter 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 World Wide Web 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, a page with a different URL is opened.
  • Responsive Web Design (RWD)

    RWD web development creates 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.
  • Roadmap

    Is a reporting method required for website owners whose websites fail to pass accessibility scans. They must provide accountability and track progress, as well as document alternative workarounds or accommodations to meet CSU accessibility standards until their websites are fully compliant.


  • Save-in-Place

    A WYSIWYG feature to save by performing: CTRL+S (CMD+S for Macintosh).
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

    The process of affecting the online visibility of a website or a web page in a web search engine's unpaid results.
  • Section

    A section is a folder within a site that includes these files;, props.pcf and index.pcf 
  • Settings/Preferences

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

    Re-usable predefined tables available to be inserted into pages for content customization.
  • Snippet Portfolio

    View portfolio of business template snippets.
  • Styles

    Is used to create a different appearance to text.


  • Tags (are not required)

    Tags are used to sort and filter pages, files, and assets within OU Campus 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 Web sites and portals, a sites 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 content.
  • Transformation Error

    Frequently a transformation error is just a typo or an improperly closed XML tag. It's usually seen when trying to preview or publish a page, and includes a summary and a code section for the error message. The error is initially presented in a dialog box and after closing the window, an error message is also shown in preview view rather than the expected preview of the page.


  • Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

    Used to specify addresses on the World Wide Web. A URL is the fundamental network identification for any resource connected to the web (e.g., hypertext pages, images, and sound files). The protocol specifies how information from the link is transferred.


  • Versions

    The screen is a list view of all versions of a file (e.g. page or asset). You must have the file checked out to view the versions of a file.


  • What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG)

    The OU WYSIWYG editing approach supported by web 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, functionalities available and intended behaviors.
  • Workflow

    Allows users to track content that has been sent for review through the approval process.


  • XML

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

    Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) is a language for expressing style sheets. An XSL style sheet is, like a CSS, a file that describes how to display an XML document of a given type.


  • Zip Import

    Allows for a ZIP file to be uploaded into OU Campus. OU Campus will then extract the contents of the ZIP file and upload each individual file (or a subset of those files, if the user desires) into the system. The ZIP extension is required.