HFS: Glossario

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This Glossary is not a comprehensive computer science dictionary. Instead, it aims to provide a helpful guide to the language used in the HFS documentation.

Context file menu
Deprecated term for Context menu.
Context menu
What you see when you right-click on a file, folder, application titlebar, or nearly any other object on the screen. This menu includes a list of actions appropriate to the clicked object. For file icons, the context menu depends upon the type of file, but includes Copy, Paste, Delete, Rename, Open, and Properties (among others).
Abbreviation for Domain Name System.
Dynamic DNS
Short for dynamic Domain Name System, a method of keeping a domain name linked to a changing IP address.
Dynamic IP address
Service that resolves an assigned, changing adress and works with the DNS server to forward the correct address to the requesting computer. Using a dynamic DNS service to arrange for computers to find you even though you are using a dynamic IP address is the next-best thing to having a static IP.
Easy mode
HFS operation mode suitable for beginners. More advanced Menus and options are hidden.
Expert mode
HFS operation mode for advanced users. All Menus, options and other facilities are immediately available.
Abbreviation for Http File Server.
Abbreviation for Hypertext Markup Language. Used to create Internet pages.
HTML template editor
In HFS, an easy-to-use but powerful editor for customizing the appearance of pages furnished to browsers. See HTML Template Editor for more information.
Abbreviation for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. Also HTTP. The communications protocol that enables Web browsing.
Abbreviation for HTTP Over SSL. A protocol that enables the secure transmission of Web pages.
Abbreviation for Network Address Translation. This allows a single device, such as a router, to act as an agent between the Internet (or "public network") and a local (or "private") network. This means that only a single, unique IP address is required to represent an entire group of computers.
Geek-speak for using Network Address Translation.
Open source
This denotes that the origins of a product are publicly accessible in part or in whole. See open source for more information.
Real folder
An HFS folder that exists on the server host's hard disk. Normally colored red.
Abbreviation for Secure Sockets Layer. A commonly-used protocol for managing the security of message transmission on the Internet. SSL has recently been succeeded by Transport Layer Security (TLS), which is based on SSL. "Sockets" refers to the sockets method of passing data back and forth between a client and a server program in a network, or between program layers in the same computer.
Static DNS
System to keep a static IP address constantly assigned to a computer by an ISP.
Static IP address
Number assigned to a computer by an Internet service provider (ISP) to be its permanent address on the Internet.
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A switch or command that reverses a value from off to on, or from on to off. Many HFS options can be toggled from active to inactive by checking or unchecking them.
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Abbreviation for Virtual File System.
Virtual folder
An HFS folder that does not physically exist on the server host's hard disk. Normally colored yellow.

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