When I was part of the launch of Computeractive magazine we discovered that explaining computer jargon to novice PC users was very important. Despite strenuous attempts to avoid jargon it simply wasn’t possible. We then developed a JargonBuster box-out which appeared by all articles with the relevant jargon explained.
As part of a forthcoming revamp of this site and the CivicSurf offering we’ve put the Glossary from the CivicSurf booklet online and we are going to build upon the small start to provide some simple plain english explanations of the terms that might not be clear to novice bloggers.
We’ve also included a form on the page to allow novices to ask for explanations and for experts to submit or improve explanations. I hope those experts out there can start to contribute – perhaps a succinct explanation of Trackbacks would be a good starter for ten.
You can find the Glossary here or by following the link in the menu above.