Department web pages are served by the Apache web server. Developed by the Apache Group, Apache is the most widely used web server on the internet. Apache documentation is available at the Apache web site.
The entire department web site is indexed nightly to enable up-to-date and fast site-wide searches. Swish-E is used for both indexing and searching. Information is available from the Swish-E web site. A standard CGI search command is described under the next section.
The main department pages were constructed using Website Meta Language, an HTML preprocessor that supports a wide array of programming language features designed to simplify web site design and management. A local author's guide explains how to create or modify these pages.
The Common Gateway Interface is a specification for how web browsers interact with scripts and programs on the server machine to produce dynamic output. The World Wide Web Consortium maintains a list of links to information about CGI.
The technical staff maintains a number of local CGI commands for use by web developers.
Here are some other commands that are useful to web authors: