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Accessibility / Accessibility Standards / Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Section 508 of the ADA specifies standards that must be followed in technology purchased by the federal government and other organizations, "to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals." Web sites authored with liveSTORYBOARD CMS comply with accessibility standards and recommendations liveSTORYBOARD subscribers target. Learn more about liveSTORYBOARD CMS and accessibility, the Web Accessibility InitiativeOpen this external link in a new window, Section 508Open this external link in a new window and accessibility resources.
business logic
Code which implements functionality or business rules of a software application. In the context of liveSTORYBOARD CMS, business logic is implemented in Java and XSLT.
CMS (Content Management System)
A Content Management System is software used to automate the process of creating, publishing, and maintaining content (most often for the web). A CMS simplifies content production by empowering content contributors (authors, editors, copy editors, management, not just a technical team) by enabling them to perform content creation, publishing and maintenance related tasks. A CMS usually consists of a front-end editor for inputting content, a back-end system for storing content and adding business logic, and a template system to style the content to the desired look and feel.
content
When we talk about 'content' in the context of liveSTORYBOARD CMS, we refer mainly to 'text'. liveSTORYBOARD CMS content may in some cases also mean images or other assets (such as Flash, QuickTime, etc.) when considered part of the content and not presentation.
content repository
A content repository is the mechanism by which content is stored and aggregated into structures such as a web site. liveSTORYBOARD CMS stores all content as XML. No database is necessary.
CSS (Cascading Stylesheet Language)
"...a simple mechanism for adding style (e.g. fonts, colors, spacing) to Web documents." For more information: http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/Open this external link in a new window
editor, editing environment
Our GUI (Graphic User Interface) editor which allows creating and modifying content and structure in a presentation identical to that of the final product (i. e. web site). An alternative way of creating and modifying content is through forms, which we see as significantly inferior to our WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor.
extensibility
Extensibility refers to the ability of a software product to be enhanced or customized. liveSTORYBOARD is easily extensible because of its flexible architecture, the use of standard technologies and well documented API's (Application Programming Interfaces). In addition, our user interface is configured through a customizable schema allowing for complete client control over the application.
generation
Generation refers to the process of creating a final product (for instance, HTML for a website) out of the separately stored content, styling and business logic. For example, as users update content in liveSTORYBOARD CMS, they would generate to create a finished HTML version of a site for preview and deployment.
JavaScript (ECMA Script 262)
JavaScript is a client-side, object-oriented scripting language. JavaScript is primarily used to manipulate objects in a web document that are specified by the DOM (Document Object Model). For example, elements can be manipulated, moved, or have their properties changed, etc. liveSTORYBOARD CMS uses JavaScript and offers an extensive API (Application Programming Interface).
Metadata
Descriptive information applied to content "chunks" independent of a particular context (page/folder/site). In addition to standard metadata uses, Metadata in liveSTORYBOARD is used to facilitate reuse of content, creation of automatic index pages, cataloguing content, search, etc. liveSTORYBOARD CMS supports the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. "The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models." For more info, see: http://dublincore.orgOpen this external link in a new window
ontology
Semantically expressed concepts and the relationships between them. When concepts are discrete and important, and the relationships between them are semantically structured, we can infer a lot of information from the ontology that can not be obtained by simply following links in web pages. What makes a formal ontology more robust than a thesaurus or a classification is rich semantic relationships, semantic restrictions on relationships, scope, domain, logical sets, inverse relationships, etc.
print-friendly
Formatting a web page with styling suitable for printing.
proprietary
Code that uses non-standard languages or tags. Proprietary code is more difficult and costly to maintain, modify and extend. liveSTORYBOARD CMS uses non-proprietary technologies.
scalability
The ability of a software product to meet increasing usage load. For example, if a product was initially built to handle 10 users, it would be considered scalable if it can, without modification to the software, handle 1000 users.
schema - W3C
"The W3C XML Schema LI Language is an XML language for describing and constraining the content of XML documents. W3C XML Schema is a W3C Recommendation." For more information: http://xml.com/pub/a/2000/11/29/schemas/part1.htmlOpen this external link in a new window
Search Engine Optimization
Structuring and formatting content to help search engines index and rank it correctly.
separation of concerns
Isolating the dependency between roles and tasks so that teams of different skill sets can perform their function independently of each other and uninterrupted by delays/changes by other team members. liveSTORYBOARD CMS allows for maximum separation of concerns. For example, if a design change is in progress, that does not affect in any way the content production schedule. Parallel to this, separation of concerns means that project functional roles, such as author or designer, are not intermingled. Many web site creation products expect designers to update copy or authors to layout pages - with liveSTORYBOARD these tasks are completely independent of each other.
separation of content, presentation and business logic
One of the principles behind 'Separation of concerns'. Separation of content, presentation and business logic means that these are stored separately and independently and can be interchanged. For example, when content is separate from presentation, a new site can be easily created content-wise, utilizing the existing presentation design, or vice versa - a site's design can be swapped with a new one without impacting the content.
snail trail
A common utility navigation feature in web sites, which shows the hierarchical path a user has followed to get to their current location and provides links back to major sections.
staging environment
An intermediate server(s) used to deploy updated content/code/design before actually promoting to the live environment. Staging is used for Quality Assurance and for scheduling promotions.
standards, web standards
"The World Wide Web Consortium, along with other groups and standards bodies, has established technologies for creating and interpreting web-based content. These technologies, which we call "web standards", are carefully designed to deliver the greatest benefits to the greatest number of web users while ensuring the long-term viability of any document published on the Web." For more information: http://webstandards.org/Open this external link in a new window
storyboard, storyboarding environment
When we discuss storyboarding in the context of liveSTORYBOARD CMS, we refer to its functionality allowing users to quickly and easily prototype a new site or changes to an existing site. liveSTORYBOARD CMS enables easy storyboarding of content, functionality, navigation and structure, or design layout. Storyboarding is often used in concept testing or usability testing of web sites. In liveSTORYBOARD CMS, storyboarding uses 'live' assets - allowing for an instant preview of any change. Hence, our name!
TOC (Table of contents)
liveSTORYBOARD CMS offers automatic page/category folder/FAQ/etc. TOC creation to ease and speed up web site creation and enhancements.
user roles
In the context of liveSTORYBOARD CMS, we use the term 'user roles' to describe the hat a project contributor wears for a specific project. For example, Fred, whose job title in an organization may be Marketing Manager, may wear the hat of a press release author and will therefore be considered and given the respective user permissions of an author/editor/copy editor as specified by the client for this project.
validity (HTML, XHTML, CSS)
Validity of a web document refers to its compliance with web standards or recommendation.
versioning
Versioning is a mechanism that keeps track of all changes in content and code and allows any change to be 'rolled back' to any previous version. This also means that a deleted file can be recovered to its last saved state.
W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)
"The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding." For more information: http://www.w3.orgOpen this external link in a new window
Vendor lock-in
Clients becoming dependent on a vendor for product(s), unable move to another vendor without substantial effort and cost
workflow
Workflow in the context of Content Management refers to the management of the 'content life cycle' - creation, updates, publishing and archiving. CMS workflow allows web site contributors (authors, developers, designers, management, etc.) to coordinate their efforts efficiently in promoting content through this life cycle.
WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get)
In the context of liveSTORYBOARD CMS, when we mention WYSIWYG, we refer to our graphic user interface editor that allows creating and modifying content and structure in a presentation identical to that of the final product (web site). An alternative way of creating and modifying content is through forms, a significantly inferior, non-user-friendly method.
XML (Extensible Markup Language)
"XML is the universal format for structured documents and data on the Web... XML makes it easy for a computer to generate data, read data, and ensure that the data structure is unambiguous... it is extensible, platform-independent, and it supports internationalization and localization." For more information: http://www.w3.org/XML/Open this external link in a new window
XSL/XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language)
XSLT is a W3C standard recommendation. XSL/XSLT provides a powerful implementation of a tree-oriented transformation language for transmuting instances of XML into other XML structures, HTML, text, PDF, etc. We use the XSLT language in liveSTORYBOARD CMS to aggregate content 'chunks' into a client-defined site structure with folders and pages and their respective functionality and presentation. For more information: http://www.w3.org/Style/XSL/Open this external link in a new window


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liveSTORYBOARD CMS web publishing uses:

  • web sites and web applications

  • intranets

  • online communities

  • e-commerce sites

  • online newspapers and magazines

  • books and e-books

  • online courses and tutorials

  • online classrooms

  • documentation systems

  • web portals

  • knowledge management

  • content syndication

  • web presentations and slides

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