The Site Terminology

The term Word in the Encyclopedia of Law refers to the words used to compose entries. Entries are the principal element (or content) of the Encyclopedia.

Categories and Entries

An important part of the writing process in the Encyclopedia is the act of assigning the entries to categories. Each entry is filed under one or more categories. Categories can be hierarchical in nature, where one category acts as a parent to several child, or grandchild, categories. Thoughtful categorization allows entries of similar content to be grouped, thereby aiding viewers in the navigation, and use of a site. In addition to categories, terms or keywords called tags can be assigned to each entries. Tags act as another navigation tool, but are not hierarchical in nature. Both categories and tags are part of a system called taxonomies. Because categories and tags are not enough, the Encyclopedia of Law has created custom taxonomies that allow more specific identification of entries.

In turn, post categories and tags are two of the elements of entry meta data. Entry meta data refers to the information associated with each entry and includes the author’s name and the date posted as well as the entry categories.

Generally, meta means “information about”; in WordPress, meta usually refers to administrative-type information.

After an entry is made public, a reader of the Encyclopedia may respond, via comments, to that entry, and in turn, authors will reply. Comments enable the communication process, that give-and-take, between author and reader.

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