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Understanding What Resources Are Used in Composing a Web Page

At your website, all of the following resources (or functionalities, programmed tools) may be available to you to support your efforts in developing a web page:

  • Text resource
  • News/Article resource
  • Menu resource
  • List resource

Remember, resources are functionalities that allow you to build things or do things.  When specific information you provide – whether it is text, videos, images, or even other programming code – is manipulated by an OASIS resource, the resulting content/functionality pair is called a resource instance.


  1. The media gallery your colleague put up of his vacation photos in Tahiti – 25 photos in all - that’s a resource instance of the Gallery resource. If you put up a different set of photos from your business trip to Washington – both use the Gallery resource (or tool), but have different “data” (i.e., photos), and therefore, these are different resource instances.
  2. You type an article for a blog using the News/Article Resource.  In this blog, you provide text, upload a photograph and provide a downloadable file.  This blog entry – with text, photo and downloadable file – are all an entry in a resource instance of the News/Article resource.  Other entries include your previous blog postings.  However, the News/Article resource storing all of the issued Media Releases for your company are in a different resource instance of the News/Article resource.

Some OASIS resources, including the most commonly used Text Resource, provide site administrators with a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) content editor. This editor is intentionally similar to common desktop software tools (e.g., Microsoft Office Word), but with some minor variations to both simplify and to account for specific functionalities you may execute on the web.