Web Startup Glossary

Lightbox

On Lightbox-enabled links, direct links to image files (or HTML content via Ajax) are displayed in an overlay on the current page instead of causing a new page load. While the overlay is displayed, the rest of the page content is darkened (and, in effect, temporarily disabled) to focus the user on the overlay. Depending on the plugin’s settings, the overlay may be positioned, sized to the user’s browser window, and animated. The plugin determines which links are enabled by means of the HTML “rel” attribute, which is used on HTML link tags. Lightbox plugins also provide ways to display captions and to run slide shows, which can be navigated using the arrow keys or mouse.

Lightbox scripts are dependent upon a browser’s JavaScript compatibility, though the simplicity of implementations and the maturity of such scripts make this largely irrelevant. Many Lightbox scripts are unobtrusive JavaScript. Browsers that do not load the script for whatever reason can instead simply load the image as a separate page load, losing the Lightbox effect but still retaining the ability to display the image.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightbox_(JavaScript)

RSS

RSS Rich Site Summary (originally RDF Site Summary, often dubbed Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship.

RSS feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favorite websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.

RSS feeds can be read using software called an “RSS reader”, “feed reader”, or “aggregator”, which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. The user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed’s URI or by clicking a feed icon in a web browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user’s subscribed feeds regularly for new work, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds. RSS allows users to avoid manually inspecting all of the websites they are interested in, and instead subscribe to websites such that all new content is automatically checked for and advertised by their browsers as soon as it is available.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS

URL

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URL Example

A uniform resource locator, abbreviated URL, also known as web address, is a specific character string that constitutes a reference to a resource. In most web browsers, the URL of a web page is displayed on top inside an address bar. An example of a typical URL would be “http://en.example.org/wiki/Main_Page”. A URL is technically a type of uniform resource identifier (URI), but in many technical documents and verbal discussions, URL is often used as a synonym for URI.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_resource_locator

Browser Address Bar

This is the place where the URL goes into.

Web Browser

This is the piece of software that allows you to surf the internet. Some examples are FireFox, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer (IE).

Backlinks

Backlinks, also known as incoming links, inbound links, inlinks, and inward links, are incoming links to a website or web page. In basic link terminology, a backlink is any link received by a web node (web page, directory, website, or top level domain) from another web node.

Inbound links were originally important (prior to the emergence of search engines) as a primary means of web navigation; today, their significance lies in search engine optimization (SEO). The number of backlinks is one indication of the popularity or importance of that website or page (for example, this is used by Google to determine the PageRank of a webpage). Outside of SEO, the backlinks of a webpage may be of significant personal, cultural or semantic interest: they indicate who is paying attention to that page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backlinks

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