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Web Development Glossary of Terms

We sometimes use a short-hand way of talking about the services, functions, actions and programs with which we work every day. Here are simple explanations for some of those terms, with links as appropriate.

Also known as the Web Calendar or Online Calendar. The online calendar lists university events. If you want your event listed on the Online Calendar, use this online form. Events don't automatically appear; they must be approved by a member of the Web Development team. (So it's best not to wait until the last minute.) We try to "feature" events that would have the broadest public appeal on the home page Calendar of Events (right-hand column); all events are listed on the larger calendar. If you need help using the form, try these Online Calendar Instructions.

Content Layer
The material that appears when one “mouses over” an item on the home page left menu of If you would like to update the content on a home page layer, contact Web Development.

Content Update
You can use this simple form if you need to request content updates to a specific web page that you oversee. A member of the web team will follow up with you as necessary.

Content Upload Tool
This is the tool that web developers use to transfer their updated web sites or web pages to the university’s production server--thereby making them available to the public. Training is available for those who are developing web sites using HTML (hypertext markup language) code or HTML visual editors such as DreamWeaver.

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol; this is the way that a web developer would transfer files from his or her own computer to a web server. At UMass Dartmouth, most web developers transfer their files to the development server as they prepare them for final publication on the production server (the one the public can see). Typically, FTP is used by web site maintainers who choose to develop web page using HTML (hypertext markup language) code or HTML visual editors such as DreamWeaver. These site maintainers will want to review the FTP Account Instructions page.

HTML stands for hyper-text markup language, the language that web site developers use to write the code that makes a web page work. There are also HTML visual editors, such as DreamWeaver, which allow a developer to create web pages in a more "what you see is what you get" environment with the HTML in the background. (It still helps to understand some HTML even with these editors, however.)

This is the index of all the sites that are within the larger UMass Dartmouth web site. If you know of a UMass Dartmouth web site that isn't listed in the Index, please complete the form to request a site listing on the Index.

The News and Events page lists various sources of University news. You can also review a list of all press releases sent out by the University. Use this form to submit your own press release or news item related to the University. The Office of Public Affairs will find a way to share your news through an appropriate communication vehicle such as a press release, the Campanile newsletter, the Campanil-E online newsletter, the alumni magazine, or the web page.

OmniUpdate is the university’s web content management system. This is a relatively easy-to-use system for people who would like to make regular updates to web page content (e.g., for a department) but do not wish to invest the time in learning to use code and the FTP process. The tools in OmniUpdate would be familiar to those who use a program like MSWord. The Web Development team offers training in OmniUpdate; your OU account--for your specific site--will be created for you when you request training.

Online Directory
The online directory is a listing of all faculty and staff at UMass Dartmouth. You can sort alphabetically by last name or by department. Clicking on a particular person's name yields a job title and office location as well as the opportunity to send an email message (without revealing the actual email address and thus potentially compromising the security of all UMass email addresses). You must have a UMassD Logon account (typically one's email username and password) to gain access to the form to submit a correction to the Online Directory. (This prevents inappropriate alteration to one's directory listing by an unauthorized user.)

Press Releases
Review press releases issued by UMass Dartmouth, search for a specific press release, or submit your own university-related press release.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is becoming a popular way to distribute news via the Web. It allows users to "subscribe" to a web site as one would subscribe to a newspaper and then receive the latest information published from that site. This is a feature that the Web Development team can help you add to your site; please contact us.

Streaming Video
We are currently exploring capabilities to include video clips on sites. Please review the streaming video web site for more information or contact us.

UMassD Logon
The UMassD Logon is a single username and password that allows you to access many of the internet services that UMass Dartmouth has to offer. Generally, it's the same user name and password that you received for university email access.

WebCT Vista
WebCT Vista is a system that allows faculty to prepare and deliver online course content. WebCT provides a “shell” to upload course content using a variety of tools that help organize the structure of the course as well as integrate communications, assessment and course management components. Training and more information is available from the CITS Instructional Development Team: