Index A - Z
Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, contribute to, and interact with the Web.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
A text attribute applied within the properties of an image that describes the image for the use of screen readers and will display if the image does not load correctly.
A program with a Graphical User Interface is (GUI) used to navigate the Internet. Examples include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
A list of items, short sentences, or steps in a procedure is made distinct by using icons. Often alphabetized and indented.
An area on a page that can contain widgets, text, or images. The Feature Column is an example of a container.
The information displayed on a website that includes, but is not limited to, text, images, videos, and documents.
Content Management System (CMS)
Content Management System is an application that is used to manage content, allowing multiple contributors to create, edit and publish.
Department headers or department header packages enable the landing page for a department within a larger website to have its own set of graphic buttons, global navigation categories, banners, and imagery. These differ from a subsite by still being part of the larger site, whereas a subsite stands alone.
A presentation option for menus in the global/main navigation that displays the menu in a long list of page titles with subpage fly-outs that pop out to the side when a user hovers over the page title. This traditional menu structure is also called a "tree and branch menu."
An automatically generated list that populates the content area when the Dynamic Subpages option is chosen or the Pages Widget is used. This list will populate links to each child page or, if the Dynamic Subpage has no children, it will display a list of its sibling pages.
An optional area that can be placed to the right of the page content containing widgets relevant to that page, such as contact information, frequently asked questions, or relevant documents.
The common area at the bottom of your website can contain any variety of content but usually contains lists of useful links. These links may also be referred to as permanent links.
Menu items are displayed on the home page and across all pages that display multiple levels of links to pages, modules, and other websites when you hover over them. Typically found at the top of your website. Common examples include Government, Services, Community, and Help Center.
Graphic Button or Graphic Link
A link that is graphically highlighted to draw the eye. These links may be carried to all pages or restricted to the home page only. These may include links to modules, documents, third-party websites or resources, other pages within the website, or other items of special interest to the community.
A page that is published but does not appear in the menu or navigation structure from the front end of the site.
The "front page" of a website.
HyperText Markup Language: The language used to define the content of the site in a structurally meaningful manner.
The content page structure of the site, including global navigation and all subpages beneath.
The first page of a section of a website serves as its main page. This may be a global navigation item or the first page within a larger section with many subpages, such as a city or county department.
Left or Secondary Navigation
On interior pages, left or secondary navigation is a menu of links to pages that will automatically display the subpages of the page currently being viewed. If the page has no subpages, the left or secondary navigation will display its sibling pages. Left navigation on the home page is an editable section of links to drive traffic to specific interior pages determined by the web administrator.
A menu item that redirects the user to another location such as a different page on the site or a third-party website; linked pages only contain a URL, a description, and keywords; they do not contain other content for the public to view.
The system built into the CivicPlusContent Management System (CMS) allows the user to edit and build content and use widgets from the front end of the site and see the changes in real time.
A presentation option for menus in the global/main navigation that displays the menu in a large box that may span the width of the site automatically populates and contains the subpages for each section. Mega menus can also contain widgets, buttons, or other graphic items.
Tools or components within the CivicPlus Government Content Management System (GCMS) are used to organize similar information or provide specific functionality. Examples include Calendar, News Flash, Notify Me, Agenda Center, Community Voice, etc.
A page, or webpage, is visual web content encountered on an interior page of a website that is not module content. It may include, among other things, text, images, or videos.
This widget automatically populates a clickable list of the subpages of the current page into the content area. If there are no subpages, sibling pages will be displayed. This is also known as a Dynamic Subpage. See more on the Pages Widget and other Content Widgets.
Hyperlinks, contained most often within the footer of the site, remain consistent throughout. These can be customized per site but not per page. Common examples include Home, Accessibility, Copyright, Government Website by CivicPlus, Weather, Contact Us, or Site Map.
A method to easily and automatically direct visitors from one URL to another. For example, visitors to http://yoursite.com/events can be redirected to http://yoursite.com/calendar.aspx.
Section 508, an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.
A flattened display of the pages and navigation elements for our sites that is used to make bulk page changes on Sites, count the number of content elements on the site, and enhance site search engine optimization.
A set of images used in either content or design that are set to alternate or transition automatically. This can be achieved by using the Slideshow Widget.
A heading within page content that serves to increase scanability and assist the user in finding the content they need. Subheads are typically larger in font size and may be styled differently to emphasize their importance.
A stand-alone website is usually related to a larger website which is called its "parent site". It may have a similar design or be completely unique. Examples include a city website (the parent site) and its parks and recreation subsite. Other common subsites include tourism, economic development, police, and fire.
Similar or related data is arranged in rows and columns of cells.
The user interface is the space where interaction between humans and machines occurs with the goal of effective operation and feedback.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet.
Fonts are likely to be present on a wide range of computer systems that provide an increased likelihood that content will be displayed in the chosen font.
A location connected to the Internet that maintains one or more content pages.
An application or a component of the interface that enables a user to perform a function or access a service. View more information about Content and Module Widgets.