The Penn Home Page (front cover) leads to five views of the Penn
Web, (such as the Faculty and Colleagues Worldwide, right), each
structured to emphasize items most used by major audience groups. There
is overlap among the views, and the last view includes an alphabetical
catalog of Penn organizational Web pages. For those without a graphical
Web "browser," a text-only version (below) of the Penn Web is available
through Lynx (see "Accessing the Penn Web" below).
For a limited transition period, Penn's old home page and the PennInfo
Main Menu will also be available. All PennInfo information is accessible
from the Penn Web, and all of it will migrate to "native" Web format as
it is updated.
Learning resources and development tools are being compiled to assist
campus information providers. The initial draft of a new Penn Web Style
Guide, offering practical information on Web page design and
implementation, graphic and stylistic elements, was also released last
Friday (link no longer available).
the New Penn Web
The WebStamp symbol on a Penn Web page means that it contains official
University of Pennsylvania information, certified to be accurate and
current. The WebStamp is being phased in as documents are reviewed by
Each official Penn Web page contains the electronic address of the
person responsible for its creation and maintenance, and names the
official University authority certifying its content. Comments regarding
the page should be directed to the responsible individual, or to the
Enhancements to the Penn Web are being guided by a steering committee
and advisory group including representatives of all twelve schools and
the major administrative centers. Questions about the Penn Web and
suggestions for improvements and extensions should be directed to the
Penn Web Committee, c/o Office of the Vice President and Secretary,
Suite 400, 133 South 36th St./3246, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two 'Buttons' to Get to Know
The "Search" button provides full-text searching of indexes covering several Penn Web servers now--and by October is expected to cover all.
The "Calendar" button opens a unified, University-wide listing of
events, searchable by numerous criteria, such as event type, name or
location Local calendar "czars" in schools and departments can easily
update and maintain their entries--and have them automatically routed to
Almanac for print publication.
There are several ways to access the Penn Web, depending on your
software or type of network connection. The most popular are summarized
A graphical view: A graphical view of the Penn Web requires
graphical browsing software, a high-speed network connection, and a
relatively powerful computer (see "More on Netscape", below). Netscape
1.1N is the supported browser at Penn. Other graphical browsers offer
fewer or different features, resulting in less attractive screen layouts
and inability to access some popular features such as the Penn Library's
interactive, on-line forms. Non-graphical browsers such as Lynx have
these and additional limitations (e.g., no sound, video, or still
Via Netscape Web browser (Macintosh or Windows): Type
http://www.upenn.edu/ under "Open Location:" in the Netscape File
A non-graphical view: No special browsing software is needed; a browser named Lynx is
available on most campus host computers. If you already use the network
for e-mail, the Library's on-line catalog, or other networked resources
at Penn, you should be able to use one of the methods below.
- Via the PennNet annex prompt: Type "t www.upenn.edu".
- Via desktop Telnet software (e.g., MicroPhone Pro 2.0 [Mac and
Windows], Host Presenter [Windows], NCSA Telnet [Mac]): Enter
"www.upenn.edu" as the host address.
- Via University e-mail hosts: Dolphin, pobox, mail.sas, and eniac
are among the mail hosts that make Lynx available.
More on Netscape, its Hardware/Software Requirements
- Basic computer system: Macintosh (68030 minimum usable; 68040 or
PowerMac recommended) or Windows PC (386 minimum, 486 or Pentium
recommended ) running Windows 3.1; Windows95 not recommended at this
- Connection from campus offices or ResNet rooms: Ethernet card or
adapter, plus an Ethernet connection.
- Connection from off campus dial-in locations: High-speed modem (9.6
Kbps minimum, 14.4 or higher recommended) and MacSLIP/PPP or PPP for
Windows software, together with a Network ID and password ( PennNet
dial-in numbers are 215-898-0834 (up to 14.4 Kbps, SLIP and PPP) 215-
573-4777 (28.8 Kbps, PPP only) and 610-444-5593 (Kennett Square area, up
to 14.4 Kbps, SLIP and PPP)
Where to get Netscape:
On disk from the CRC, 3732 Locust Walk (included in the 2-disk
MacSLIP set and the 3-disk PPP (Win) set).
Download via PennNet from the DCCS AppleShare server: Netscape
(Mac) is in the folder labeled "netscape."
Download via PennNet from the FTP server: Netscape is in its own
subdirectory in the /mac and /pc directories.
Consult your School or office support provider; ISC First Call, (573-
4778); the CRC at 3732 Locust Walk; or the 1995-96 "PennNet Passport"
($5 at the Book Store) for more information and assistance. Lunchtime
Netscape seminars are offered at the CRC: contact ISC Technology
Learning Services (573-3102).
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