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david l. passmore web site


Access & Ownership

I serve my personal web site at through LunarPages, a commercial web hosting service with which I have contracted. I retain all rights to the content and design of the site at

I also serve web content through space on Penn State’s personal web server at My web site at and all elements of courseware served on this site were developed by me and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

My web sites are, in part, a source of official communication about my activities and about the academic courses that I teach at Penn State. Information provided on my sites is not meant to supersede any policies established through general Penn State administrative documents.

The web sites I developed and the courseware served by my web sites are my intellectual property alone. On an ad hoc basis, I make these sites and the resources they serve available to users.

The availability of academic courses referenced on my web sites during any academic term depends on Penn State administrative decisions and whether course enrollment meets Penn State's minimum enrollment requirements.

I use Tumblr and Wix to deliver some ad hoc web sites to support oral presentations. I also make use of Flickr and Instagram feeds on some of my web pages. I move files up to and down from servers using secure file transfer protocols through CyberDuck software for Macintosh computers.

Design Philosophy

The design of my web site is due, in large part, to the influence, advice, consultation, and shared cascading style sheets of Jerrold Maddox, Professor of Art at Penn State. Jerry’s “Simpler, Smarter, and Smaller” page challenged me to reconsider my entire web design philosophy. In his “Simple & Useful: A Guide to Web Design,” he asks,

Can html be styled well enough and simply enough so that anyone can write for the web, using just a text editor, and share that work with anyone else, regardless of the platform they are using, the speed of their connection and any disabilities they may have?

But, hey, any flubadubs, clown color, or typeface follies that you might find on my sites are mine alone.

Credits for Photographs & Artwork

Photos on my web sites either are owned by me or were obtained from royalty-free, copyright-unrestricted sources, unless otherwise noted and credited. Some photos on my sites that are credited to people other than me:

⁌ The photograph, Kazimir, under Penn State logo on web pages describing guidelines and policies for courses that I teach is used by permission of Ann Passmore, who is employed as a Metadata Specialist by the Health Sciences Library System at University of Pittsburgh. She took the photo in a photo studio with the dog standing on a pure white background. Kazimir was my veteran greyhound racer, known formally at the track as Sherrone. Kazimir died in 2015 as the result of a tragic accident.

⁌ The photograph of myself that appears on this and many other pages was taken by me through my webcam after a long day at the keyboard.


All of my web sites are coded using Adobe Dreamweaver CC through Adobe Creative Cloud software services provided by Penn State or through Sublime Text, a free text writing tool. I edit cascading style sheets with Aptana.

Look & Feel

The CSS file that drives the layout, typography, and display most of my web pages is available at:

Georgia is the default font for most of my web pages.

The CSS file that formats most of my displayed web pages for printing is: