This Glossary is an alphabetical list of terms commonly used throughout Dwindal's interface as well as its Online Help.
RSS (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.
A web search engine is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The search results are generally presented in a list of results often referred to as SERPS, or "search engine results pages". The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files. Most search engines like Google rely on indexes that are built through web crawling.
What a computer considers a change in a web page may not be what a human thinks is substantive (having a firm basis in reality). For example if you edit your web page to correct a basic grammar problem, the web page content has not really changed. But a computer thinks it has and has no way to know if you think it's a substantive change.
A full text database or a complete text database is a database that contains the complete text of books, dissertations, journals, magazines, newspapers or other kinds of textual documents.
The Title tag is an HTML tag that tells a web browser what the page is about. This appears in the browser as well as on search engine results.
A Web crawler is a computer program that browses the World Wide Web in a methodical, automated manner or in an orderly fashion. Also known as bots, Web spiders, and other similar terms.
- Bookmark or Favorite
- All web browers (e.g. Internet Explorer and Firefox) have a system to store Favorites or Bookmarks. These are web pages that you choose to keep in a list on your web browser, which you can then look up on the browser for quick access.
- This is an HTML tag that is used to indicate important headings within a web page. <H1>Heading 1</H1> and <H2>Heading 2</H2> are examples.
- This stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and is the code that helps display a web page.
- Link Text
- When you click on a link to another page, sometimes it shows www.abc.com or it shows something like "Dwindal Help Index". Either way the underlined (or otherwise highlighted) text is the Link Text which, upon clicking, takes you to the associated web page.
- Also known in Dwindal as a keyword/term, a phrase is one or more words that a Dwindal user wishes to scan for in a site. For example, "rubber ducky", "Charlie Chaplin", "systemic system failure", and "Madonna" are all considered phrases.
- Phrase Group
- A phrase group is one or more phrases collected together and given a name. For example, a "Pop Star" phrase group might include "Katy Perry", "Paul McCartney" and "Noel Gallagher".
This process is called Web crawling or spidering. Many sites, in particular search engines, use spidering as a means of providing up-to-date data. Web crawlers are mainly used to create a copy of all the visited pages for later processing by a search engine that will index the downloaded pages to provide fast searches.