Glossary of Frogans terminology

Dedicated Frogans Network – A Frogans network where the network name is chosen and held by a single entity. In a Dedicated Frogans Network the holder of the network name is also the holder of all of the site names. So for example, if someone were to register “foo” as a network name, then each and every Frogans address in that network would start with “foo*” and end with its unique site name, such as “foo*bar,” “foo*mahogany,” “foo*bean-salad,” etc. The holder of the “foo” network would also be responsible for the Frogans address and content of every site in that Dedicated Frogans Network.

FCR – The Frogans Core Registry. The central registry for all Frogans addresses on the Internet. The FCR is owned by the OP3FT, but it is operated by delegation by a commercial enterprise, STG Interactive, S.A. A percentage of the registration fees are paid to the OP3FT for financing its operations. For more info, visit their Web site.

Frogans address – A string of characters that is used to identify and to access a Frogans site on the Internet (or on an intranet). Each Frogans site has its own unique Frogans address. Frogans addresses are composed of a “network name” followed by a “site name.”  The network name and the site name are separated by an asterisk (*). The pattern for Frogans addresses is network-name*site-name. An example of a Frogans address is “frogans*lab.” If you wish to visit “frogans*lab,” you can enter that Frogans address in Frogans Player under the “Open a Frogans site…” menu item.

Frogans network – A grouping of Frogans sites all having the same network name in their Frogans address.

Frogans Player – The free multi-platform client-side application for viewing and navigating Frogans sites. Frogans Player locates and opens Frogans sites on the Internet (or on intranets). It also reads FSDL documents to produce Frogans slides on screen. An alpha version of Frogans Player for developers is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X at Versions for touch devices running Android and iOS are also under development.

Frogans site – A collection of inter-linked Frogans slides, accessible by means of its unique Frogans address. A Frogans site, made up of Frogans slides, is somewhat analogous to a Web site, made up of Web pages.

Frogans slide – The part of a Frogans site that is viewed at any given moment. A Frogans site is made up of one or more Frogans slides, but only one Frogans slide may be viewed at a given time. A Frogans slide also corresponds to the FSDL document from which it is produced, similar to the way in which a Web page corresponds to an HTML document.

FSDL – The Frogans Slide Description Language. Written in XML, FSDL is the language used for authoring Frogans slides. A Frogans site is a collection of inter-linked Frogans slides, accessible by means of its unique Frogans address. You can find the latest specifications for FSDL 3.0 here.

Network name – The part of a Frogans address that corresponds to the Frogans network. In a Public Frogans Network for Frogans addresses writtein in Latin script, the network name is “frogans.” For Frogans addresses written in other scripts there are Public Frogans Networks for which the network name is a transcription of “frogans,” such as “福更斯” for Chinese or “פרוגנס” for Hebrew.

OP3FT – Organization for the Promotion, Protection and Progress of Frogans Techology. This is the non-profit organization, based in Paris, France that oversees the development of Frogans technology. Among other things they develop Frogans Player and specify the languages for creating Frogans sites and for resolving Frogans addresses. They also develop the legal framework for the registration of Frogans addresses and the creation of Frogans sites. For more info, see their Web site.

Public Frogans Network – A Frogans network in which anybody can register a Frogans address. In a Public Frogans Network the network name is “frogans” or is a transcription thereof for non-Latin scripts.

Site name – The part of a Frogans address that corresponds to an individual Frogans site in a Frogans network. For example, in the Frogans address “frogans*lab,” the site name is “lab.”