Channels are self-contained packets of contents that provide quick access to information, applications, or other Web resources. A preselected Web page that can automatically send updated information for immediate display on request. A major component of the usability initiative for Banner 7.0 is the channelization of Banner content. Clients who implement the Luminis Platform will be able to use a series of Banner channels to be released with Banner 7.0. These channels will allow constituents to view information and perform business processes without leaving the portal. These channels will take one of the following forms: A navigational channel links to a Banner form or self-service page. An informational channel (for example, a grades channel for students) displays read-only data. A transactional channel provides the ability to perform a business function (for example, registration or gift processing).
Another term for "categories of content". There is a huge range of quality content on MSN, appealing to millions of different users. Rather than just providing a vast list to search through, we divide that content up into categories or channels (like a television channel) in order to make things easier for you. Examples of MSN Channels include MSN Photos and MSN Groups.
A channel is a Web site enabled for information-receiving programs. The mechanism that makes this possible is the Channel Definition Format (.cdf) file. Channels can be organized into categories and placed on the user's desktop.