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

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  • Accessibility Technology Initiative - The 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 Campus Web 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 - Are tags inserted into pages 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.
  • Assets 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.


  • Check Out (.pcf) - 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 (.pcf) - 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 - Is 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 - 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 - Allows administrators to quickly and easily create custom emergency announcements that are prominently displayed on the homepage of the website.


  • Favicon - (short for favorite icon") 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.
  • Glossary, OmniUpdate


  • 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. 


  • Icon - A graphic symbol that represents an object (such as a file).


  • JustEdit - Is the OU editor also known as the WYSIWYG editor. 



  • Lock (files) - The lock icon on files from page view indicate the page is checked out by someone. The file cannot be accessed until the user either publishes the page or checks it back in. 



  • 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 an 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.



  • Responsive Web Design (RWD) - Is a web development approach that 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.
  • Roadmap - It 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.
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) - 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.
  • Revert - This option allows reverting a file to a different version.


  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) -  Is 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • Workflow -  Allows users to track content that has been sent for review through the approval process. 
  • WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) - The OU WYSIWYG Editor provides a toolbar for editing pages.