| Active Server Pages (ASP)
Pages (ASP) is a Microsoft™ product. Abbreviated
as ASP, a specification for a dynamically created Web page
with a .ASP extension that utilizes ActiveX scripting --
usually VB Script or Jscript code. When a
browser requests an ASP, the Web server generates a page with HTML
code and sends it back to the browser.
Short for Web
Browser, a software application used to locate and display Web
pages. The two most popular browsers are Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Both of these are
graphical browsers, which means that they can display graphics as well as
text. In addition, most modern browsers can present multimedia information,
including sound and video, though they require plug-ins for some formats.
Other examples of Web Browsers are:
short for Cascading Style Sheets, a new feature being added
to HTML that gives both Web site developers and users more control over how pages are displayed. With CSS,
designers and users can create style sheets that define how different
elements, such as headers and links, appear. These Style Sheets can then be applied to any Web page.
||A message given to a Web
browser by a Web server. The browser stores the message in a text file. The
message is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a
page from the server.
||Often abbreviated DB. A collection of information organized in such a way that a
computer program can quickly select desired pieces of data. You can think of
a Database as an electronic filing system.
||Short for Domain
Name System (or Service), DNS is an Internet
service that translates domain names into IP addresses. Because domain names
are alphabetic, they're easier to remember. The Internet however, is really
based on IP addresses. Every time you use a domain name,
therefore, a DNS service must translate the name into the
corresponding IP address. For example, the domain name www.example.com might
translate to 22.214.171.124.
||Refers to actions that
take place at the moment they are needed rather than in advance. Dynamic
content refers to content that exists in a Database on the
web Server that is pulled or placed on the page a User is currently viewing.
A feature supported by
most modern Web browsers than enables the Web author to divide the browser
display area into two or more sections (frames). The contents of each frame
are taken from a different Web page. Frames provide great flexibility in
designing Web pages, but many designers avoid them because they are
supported unevenly by current Browsers.
Frames make it near impossible for Search Engines to accuratley link
toWeb pages. Frame-based web sites are also not Accessible by impaired
A hexidecimal (Hex)
color is a six digit alpha numeric representation for colors on the web. The
hex colors are browser safe colors that ensure cross browser / cross platform
compatibility and consistency.
||The main page of a Web
site. Typically, the home page serves as an index or table of contents to
other documents stored at the site.
HTML stands for Hyper
Text Markup Language, is the authoring language used to create documents on
the World Wide Web.
Hyper-link Text or
text link, is a word, phrase or an image that when clicked takes the user to
a different web page. Here is a sample hyper-link:
||'Includes' refer to an
element of code.
|IP or IP Address
An identifier for a
computer or device on a TCP/IP network. Networks using the TCP/IP protocol
route messages based on the IP address of the destination. The format of an
IP address is a 32-bit numeric address written as four numbers separated by
periods. Each number can be zero to 255.
For example, 126.96.36.199.
Language developed by Netscape to enable Web
authors to design interactive sites. Although it shares many of the features
open language that anyone can use without purchasing a license. It is
supported by recent browsers from Netscape and Microsoft,
though Internet Explorer supports only a subset, which
Microsoft calls Jscript.
||The most important
program that runs on a computer. Every general-purpose computer must have an operating system to run other programs. Operating systems perform
basic tasks, such as recognizing input from the keyboard, sending output to
the display screen, keeping track of files and directories on the disk, and
controlling peripheral devices such as disk drives and printers.
for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, an open source,
server-side, HTML embedded scripting language used to
create Dynamic Web pages. Files created with PHP have the
file extension .php.
||A hardware or software
module that adds a specific feature or service to a larger system.
| Search Engine
A program that
searches documents for specified keywords and returns a list of the
documents where the keywords were found, most often Web pages. Some popular Search Engines include:
||Abbreviation of Structured Query Language, and pronounced either see-kwell or as
separate letters. SQL is a standardized query language for
requesting information from a Database.
||Generally refers to
elements of the Internet or computer programming that are fixed and not capable of action or change. The opposite of static is dynamic.
A hierarchical visual
model of the pages of a Web site. Site maps help users navigate through a
Web site that has more than one page by showing the user a diagram of the
entire site's contents. Similar to a book's table of contents, the site map
makes it easier for a user to find information on a site without having to
navigate through the site's many pages. Also, in SEO, a
site map can make it easier for a search engine spider to find all a site's
The Template Page is a
page built, coded, based on an approved design. This page serves as the
model for every page on the website.
|User Acceptance Testing
In UAT, which occurs at the end of the system development life cycle, the tester follows a defined procedure, knows precisely how the system should behave, and assesses whether it does so. The tester may challenge the system by entering inappropriate data or leaving required fields blank, but the tester always knows what button to click or field to complete next. Any mistakes encountered are due to the system's failure to properly process the entered data.
In Usability Testing, which can occur throughout the system development life cycle, the usability test participant knows nothing about the system's intended behaviour, but tries to complete a defined task. The participant makes a good-faith effort to enter appropriate data and complete all required fields, but never knows what to do unless the system makes the next step obvious. Any mistakes encountered are due to the inability of the user interface design to reveal the best path to people who don't necessarily know it.
||A computer that delivers
(serves up) Web pages. Every Web server has an IP address and possibly a
domain name. For example, if you enter the URL http://www.pcwebopedia.com/index.html
in your browser, this sends a request to the server whose domain name is
pcwebopedia.com. The server then fetches the page named index.html and sends
it to your browser.