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Web Design Glossary C

written by: Robin L.•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 12/27/2008

People new to web design can find the terms used in the field to be rather confusing. This portion of the glossary series will discuss the most common web design terms that begin with the letter C.

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    C

    Cascading Style Sheets [kas-kay-ding stahyl sheets]

    A programming language used in the development of websites to design the style of the website including the choice of layouts, colors, and fonts.

    Case Sensitive [kAs sin-si-tiv]

    The term case sensitive refers to the ability of a system to recognize a file name regardless of the case setting (capital or lowercase) of the letters in the file name. A system that is case-sensitive will understand that files designated readthisfile.html, READTHISFILE.HTML, and ReadThisFile.html are all different files. A system that is not case sensitive would understand those designations to be a single file.

    CGI Script [see gee I skrypt]

    CGI is an acronym for Common Gateway Interface. The term describes a program, frequently written in PERL, that can run on any computer. These small programs can be used to add a dynamic action to the website.

    Child [chahyld]

    When used in regards to web design, the term child describes a design element found within another element.

    .com [dawt kom]

    The suffix of a domain name used to indicate that the website has a commercial purpose.

    Content [kahn-tint]

    When used in regards to web design, content refers to the overall substance of a website. While it can include both the text and graphics of a site it most frequently refers to the text. If a website has well written and useful content it is more likely to receive repeat visitors. Content does not refer to the design, layout, or functionality of the website.

    Counter [koun-tuhr]

    A counter is a CGI script that can be used to determine the frequency a website is visited. A counter will track the number of times the site is accessed and will count a person who visits the site multiple times as separate instances.

    Cyberspace [sI-buhr-speys]

    A phrase credited to William Gibson used to describe the many areas found on the Internet.

Web Design Glossary

A series of glossary terms to help those new to web design become more familiar with commonly used terms.
  1. Web Design Glossary A-B
  2. Web Design Glossary C
  3. Web Design Glossary D
  4. Web Design Glossary E
  5. Web Design Glossary F-G