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Web Design Glossary

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Accessibility

Accessibility is the degree to which that Web site is usable, traditionally this is considered in the context of web browsers and people with disabilities such as visually impaired people using screen readers, who therefore cannot take advantage of visual or graphical cues, colour blind people, who cannot distinguish between page elements of different colours but the same intensity, or people who are physically impaired, who perhaps cannot easily manipulate a mouse to click on small areas. In recent years, with a greater focus on web standards and multiple browsing devices, the term has taken on a slightly wider meaning and is now usually considered in the wider context of useability - accessibility is an issue for all users, not just those normally considered disabled, and outside just the standard web browser. For example, use of small fonts can make large blocks of text difficult to read even for those with normal eyesight, and users today are far more likely to be accessing a website using their PDA or phone or even TV.

See also: Useability, Web Standards, WAI and WCAG
External links: W3C Accessibility Page, Jaws Screen Reader, Accessibility Services, Google Accessible Search

Agent

See also: User Agent, Robot

AJAX

Apache

See also: Web Server

Applet

See also: Java

Application Server

See also: Web Server

Atom

Attribute

Aural

Azimuth


B


block level elements

Blog

An online diary or journal, usually consisting of regular, short, time-stamped posts from one author (though sometimes more than author and/or longer posts). One of the key features is that readers can interact with the author through some sort of comment system on the blog itself, or by commenting in their own blog. The network of blogs is known as the blogosphere.
See also: Atom, RSS

boolean

breadcrumb

brightness

Browser

See also: User Agent

C


candidate recommendation

cascade

Cascading Style Sheets

A language for the Web to define the look and feel of a Web page. Using a <acronym title="Cascading Style Sheet">CSS</acronym> stylesheet it is possible to define the visual look of web page elements - including the fonts, colours, borders, spacing and positioning. It also allows for different styles to be used for different output media, for example print or handheld devices. Earlier versions of <acronym title="HyperText Markup Language">HTML</acronym> mixed information about presentation (ie. the style) with information about content (ie. the text on the page), <acronym title="Cascading Style Sheet">CSS</acronym> allows a 'seperation of concerns' which is considered good practice not only in web design and development but in the wider world of software engineering.

See also: HTML, XHTML, Web Standards, CSSFirstSteps, CSSForPageLayout, CSSAdvancedTopics
External links: W3C CSS Home Page, CSS Discuss Wiki, CSS Beginner's Guide, CSS Zen Garden, Position Is Everything

CDATA

Used in an XML document to demarcate areas of the document which contain character data - ie. are not to be parsed as XML.

CDF

CGI

child

CMS

comment

content

CSS

See: Cascading Style Sheets

D


declaration

deprecated

In the context of web standards, applies to elements which are planned to be removed from a future version of the standard but are currently still valid.

DHTML

doctype

DOM

DPI

DTD


E


element

em

embedded style

entry page

ex

exit page

external style sheet


F


fantasy

favicon

favorites icon

fixed width layout

font

font category

font family

font style

font weight


G


GIF


H


.htaccess

HTML

See also: XHTML, CSS, HTMLFirstSteps

HTTP

hue

hypertext


I


image map

inheritance

inline elements

inline style


J


JPEG

JPEG

JPG

Shortened version of JPEG commonly used to identify JPEG files by the addition of a three letter extension, eg. picture.jpg

JSON


K


kerning


L


leading

liquid layout


M


markup

marquee

master family

monospace


N


nesting

non - breaking space


P


parent

pica

pixel

pixel (typography)

PNG

point

property

pseudo element

proposed recommendation

pseudo class


R


recommendation

replaced element

resolution

Robot

RSS

rule


S


sans serif

saturation

schema

script

selector

semantic markup

serif

shortcut menu

SOAP

specification

specificity

style


T


tag

text editor

tracking

typeface


U


universal selector

URI

URL

URN

Useability

user agent


V


valid

validator


W


W3C

WAI

WCAG

Web Browser

See also: User Agent

Web log

Web page

Web Server

Web Standards

well formed

wiki

working draft

WYSIWYG

WYSIWYG editor


X


XHTML

XML

XSL

XSLT




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