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  • Form: A form is a page with multiple boxes, fields, to fill out.

  • Field: A field are boxes to fill out on a form.

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  • Font: A font is what tells a computer how a text character should look on the screen. Different fonts can make letters and other characters have different shapes or designs. If a font does not include a special character, then an empty box may be shown instead. Some fonts designed especially for displaying characters in First Nations languages include BC Sans or Aboriginal Sans/Serif.

  • Keyboard: A keyboard is a piece of hardware with keys to transmit characters to the computer when you type. Virtual keyboards are programs which reorganize the characters that are sent to your other computer programs, allowing you to type different characters than originally designed (including special characters).


  • Copyright: Media that is legally owned, used and distributed exclusively by the creator of the original work.

  • License: A license is a set of specific terms from the creator or copyright holder about how others are able to use (or not use) the work.

  • Public domain / copyright free: Media that was previously copyrighted, but the copyright has expired and thus the media is no longer copyrighted.

  • Royalty free: Media that has a copyright but the owner has given permission for others to use the material without paying any royalties or fees.

  • Creative commons: A license that allows creators to allow others to use, remix and/or distribute their work while still reserving ownership rights.

  • Own source: Media that you yourself have created and own, therefore you do not require to provide credit or royalties to anyone else.


FirstVoices terms


  • Dashboard: The dashboard is an area of FirstVoices available to members of language teams. The dashboard is where all editing, maintenance, and administration features are found that let you manage your language site and content. This area is optimized for desktop devices.

  • Member: A member is a FirstVoices user with a login, who has received a Language Administrator’s approval to join a FirstVoices language site. They can view "Members Only" content on that site, but cannot edit anything.

  • Language Administrator: The Language Administrator is the leader of a FirstVoices team and is responsible for administering the language site. They have access to all language team features on FirstVoices and design and maintain all features of the language site. They are able to supervise all other team members and approve membership on the site.

  • RecorderAssistant: Recorders Assistants are members of FirstVoices teams responsible for creating language site content, who report to more experienced team members. They have the ability to privately create and edit words, phrases, and other language content, as well as create draft changes for review by long as it is only visible to other team members.

  • Recorder with Approval: Recorders with Approval Editor: Editors are members of FirstVoices teams responsible for creating language site content. They have the full ability to create, edit, and edit delete words, phrases, and other language content, and . They can also change their the visibility and delete them. They are able to supervise Recorders and approve their draft changesof language content, and can supervise Assistants.

  • Visibility: Visibility refers to who can see a language entry like a word or song. The different levels are:

    Published: When a language entry (a word, phrase, song or story) is published on FirstVoices, it becomes visible to public, which means anyone who visits the language site (with or without an account) can view the entry.
    • “Team Only”: visible only to the language site team (also “New” or “Disabled”)

    • “Members Only”: visible to logged-in and approved site members (also “Enabled”)

    • “Public (Published)”: visible to anyone

  • Draft: A draft is a private copy of a word or phrase which can be created by a Recorder and edited with suggested changes. It is only visible to the language team. Once the draft is applied to the original entry, the changes are made on the entry and the draft disappears.

    • “Public”: visible to anyone (also “Published”)

  • Alphabet: A FirstVoices alphabet is a customizable alphabet that can have any required special characters or multi-character letters required to write in the writing system for each language site. All words and phrases on the site are alphabetized based on the custom alphabet.

  • Widget: A Widget is a customizable block of content used to build a FirstVoices language site homepage or custom page. Widgets are designed to look good on any device or screen size.


Audio-related terms


  • Master file: The master file is the untouched, raw audio file that includes an entire unedited audio recording. You always export a copy of the master file before editing, in order to ensure you keep an unedited, complete version of your original recording.

  • Audacity project file: The Audacity project file is the .aup file that is generated when you save your audio in the audio editing program Audacity. Note that this is not the same thing as exporting your files, as a .aup is saved to be able to continue working on your audio in Audacity, and .aup files can not be opened in any other application. Audacity project files include two things:

    • 1. The .aup project file (i.e. language-recordings.aup)

    • 2. The _data folder with the same project name and in the same folder as the .aup file (i.e. language-recordings_data) that includes data related to your project.