Web Standards

Web Technical Standards

Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services (PMACS) department of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


PSOM Web Server Environment: Apache/Unix, PHP, Oracle/mySQL* (latest versions)

* Please note that the use of PHP, Oracle, and mySQL on the main Perelman School of Medicine web server (http://www.med.upenn.edu) is restricted to the PMACS Development Team. For those within the Perelman School of Medicine who require advanced programming services, we have a separate "somapps" web server running PHP and mySQL. Users on this server are required to have a background in PHP and mySQL development. PMACS can provide information on the unique features to the server and how it fits into the University environment, but development in PHP and use of mySQL are self-guided.

Specifications shown here are for general internet sites; specifications for intranet sites vary based on the site's target audience.

Minimum Coding Standards: XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2/3 (HTML5 and CSS3 preferred where appropriate)

Internet Browser Specifications and Desktop Operating Systems: We follow the current University recommendations.


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