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Glossary

Some frequently-used terms, while not OU Campus-specific, are still helpful to understand.

  • 404: An error message displayed by a browser indicating that an Internet address cannot be found, i.e. that there is no page at the specified URL.
  • Absolute Link: A link that is written as a full URL address (e.g. http://school.edu).
  • Binary File: A computer file that is not a text file. This includes .png, .jpg, .gif, and .pdf files. See our full list of file types.
  • Breadcrumb: A type of navigation that visually represents the user's location in a website or web app. "Home / Learn OU Campus / Glossary" at the top of this page is an example.
  • Cache: To reduce load times, browsers store copies of pages and files that they use when revisiting the site (instead of downloading all content from scratch). This storage is called a cache.
    • Clearing the Cache: A common remedy for web page problems, such as images not updating properly. Each browser has its own instructions for how to clear cache.
  • External Link: A link on your site that points to a page on another website.
  • Hardcoded: In general, to hardcode is to use an explicit rather than symbolic name for an element in the page code. When referring to links in OU Campus, a hardcoded URL is one where the URL or file path is written directly in the page code, rather than using a dependency tag or similar marker.
  • Implementation: OU Campus exists with a unique set-up for each customer account, with its own settings and files. Each instance of this is called an implementation.
  • Internal Link: A link on your site that points to another page in the same website.
  • Relative Link: A link that is only relevant to the current website domain or location (e.g. /academics.html.). The browser sees the relative link and adds the domain and folder location of the current page to it to create the full URL.
    • Root-Relative Link: A subset of relative links in which all links are assumed to start from the root of the site.
  • Root: The starting point of your website; the highest folder in the hierarchy of files. In terms of the live website, this is typically represented by your base domain.
  • SaaS: "Software-as-a-service," or cloud hosting of software. If your OU Campus account is SaaS, the OU Campus software is stored and maintained on OmniUpdate servers.
  • Self-Hosted: If your OU Campus account is self-hosted, the OU Campus software is stored and maintained on servers owned by your institution or a third party you partner with.
  • XML: A meta-language which allows users to define their own customized markup languages, especially in order to display documents on the Internet. OU Campus templates use XML.
  • XSL: A language for expressing style sheets that describes how to display an XML document of a given type. OU Campus templates also use XSL.
  • Whitelist: To allow a web address or program access to an otherwise firewall-protected server.