Terms and definitions

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Trying to understand the technical jargon used during the Web Redevelopment Project can feel like trying to learn Icelandic.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of definitions for terms that you might come across.

Verði þér að góðu - That’s Icelandic for you’re welcome!

AccessibilityThe measures taken to improve interaction with, or access to, websites by people with disabilities (see WCAG 2.0)
Content Management System (CMS)A software system that is used to control the content on your website. At CDU, our CMS is Drupal.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)The code developers use to format the look and feel of the website for the end user.
DomainThe name of the website that people type into the browser to visit it. For example, our domain is cdu.edu.au.
HostingThe web servers where your website files are housed, served and maintained. A web server is a computer running web server software connected to the Internet that allows visitors to access a website through an Internet-connected web browser or mobile device.
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)The markup language used to construct web pages and display content like text, images, video and links on the web. It is often used in conjunction with other languages, such as CSS, to allow functionality and design.
Information Architecture (IA)The design, organisation of content, and navigation of a website.
Meta descriptionA snippet of HTML code in a web page header that summarizes the content that is on the web page. Meta description tags are particularly useful for Search Engine Optimisation (see SEO).
NavigationThe navigational elements on a website such as menu bars and navigation panels.
PersonasA user persona is a representation of the goals and behavior of a hypothesized group of users.
Responsive designA website that adjusts to the screen it is being viewed on, whether desktop, mobile or smart phone.
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)Helping search engines understand the information on your website in order to rank higher in organic search results. This includes using meta descriptions and ALT tags for images.
Site mapA document that shows a global, hierarchical view of a website’s pages and content.
User experience (UX)Encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction and experience with the website.
User journeysA user journey is a path a user may take to reach their goal when using a particular website. User journeys are used in designing websites to identify the different ways to enable the user to achieve their goal as quickly and easily as possible.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)Guidelines that define how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities.
WireframeA visual guide to show the content and structure of a web page without any design elements.