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

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  • Accessibility Technology Initiative

    SDSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI), is an intrinsic component of our campuses commitment to ensure access to our information and electronic resources to all individuals, regardless of disabilities.
  • Account Administrator

    OU Campus account administrators train users, create user accounts and setup access, provide technical support, troubleshoot website issues, assist with resolving accessibility errors. They are the liaison for requesting new websites from University Computing Services 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 if for pages with a lot of content, or specific sections.
  • ASPX

    An aspx file is a server-generated web page that may contain VBScript or C# code. It is often written with Microsoft Visual Web Developer and designed for the Microsoft ASP.NET framework. ASPX files contain scripts that are processed on the web server and the resulting HTML is sent to the user's web browser.
  • Assets

    Allow users to create and manage reusable content in one location, and then place that content on an unlimited number of pages.
  • 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.


  • Brand Integrity

    The characteristic look, feel, and persona of a website are maintained.


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Dependency Manager

    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.


  • 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.


  • Gadgets

    A gadget is a little program that provides additional functionality or streamlined access to functionality within 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).
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • .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.
  • Snippets

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

    Are 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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. It WYSIWYG Editor provides a toolbar for editing pages.


  • 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.