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Here is a collection of the key terms regularly used in Moodle. Best to learn them now. It will assist your future learning a use of Moodle. One can't learn the concepts without first understanding the words.




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IMO

In My Opinion... sometimes... IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

Firebug

Firebug is a plug-in for the Firefox web browser, allowing users to inspect and edit HTML and CSS, monitor network activity, debug JavaScript and much more.

It is one of many Firefox plug-ins often recommended by the community to people creating and modifying Moodle themes.

Firebug van be downloaded from www.getfirebug.com

UTT

UTT is a forum term and is an abbreviation of Undescriptive Thread Title.

Examples of this could be "hey guys" or "funny pic".

Front Page

The front page is the initial page seen by someone reaching a Moodle site. It is not the home page for a course or classroom, but rather for the whole site.

The site settings determine which user roles can reach it. For example, the demo.moodle.org allows visitors (guests) to see it's front page and asks them to log in. A user clicking on the course is taken to the "Returning to this website" Moodle login in screen. Other sites may require a login before showing the front page.

Many functions of a front page are similar to those found in a course. The administration block will allow topics to be added to a Front Page.

http://docs.moodle.org/en/Front_Page

Grouping

A collection of groups, i.e. a group of groups!

See the [[Groupings|groupings documentation]].

LDAP

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol -

is an application protocol for modifying directory services. It is commonly used for user and computer directories for domains.

HIG

Human Interface Guidelines

See the wikipedia article.

Blog

A type of website usually maintained by an individual (Blogger) with regular entries of commentary, description of events or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order.
In one line - It is a sort of online diary.

XML

XML (eXtensible Markup Language) comes virtually unchanged from the ISO 8879 standard SGML for the implementation of markup languages. It is a general purpose specification that aims at representing with simplicity documents with high quality and usability.

Examples of markup languages coming from xml are xhtml, mathml, musicml, graphml and svg. Applications like OpenOffice use the ooxml file format to represent word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations and charts. This file format is essentially a zip file containing xml documents.

Although it is very similar to xhtml, the html specification is not a xml markup language.

References

  1. XML on Wikipedia
  2. The W3C recommendation on XML

SVG

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is a markup language based on XML for representing two-dimensional vector graphics. It allows for both static and dynamic graphics. Vector graphics usually perform better when compared to raster formats like JPEG, PNG or GIF, and can be rescaled arbitrarily without loss of quality, and the rescaling does not imply a larger digital footprint. Thus, for instance, the graphics for printing an entire outdoor picture could fit in just a couple megabytes of disk space (the same as a good cellphone picture) without loosing its quality.

SVG can also be used to represent text where the required fonts are unavailable, by converting each individual character to a set of graphical paths. It can also be used to represent other types of content like mathematical formulas,

Some web browsers have native (but incomplete) support for SVG. The list includes browsers based on the gecko engine (Firefox, Netscape, Camino, Epiphany, and SeaMonkey), browsers based on the webkit engine (Safari, Chrome, OmniWeb), Opera and Amaya. On the other hand, browsers based on the MSHTML engine (Internet Explorer, Wikibrowse, Maxthon, and NetCaptor) do not provide support for SVG.

References

  1. The W3C recommendation on SVG.
  2. SVG on Wikipedia.

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