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Chapter 18. Publishing on the Web > How It Works and What You'll Need

How It Works and What You'll Need

FileMaker's Web Companion acts like a Web server by handling the file requests placed by Web browsers visiting your database. It does this by interpreting the HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) commands from the browser, along with operating as a de facto CGI (Common Gateway Interface) application between FileMaker and visiting Web browsers. Web Companion handles all this in the background so you don't have to deal with it. Instead, FileMaker's Web Companion uses its Instant Web Portal and a built-in home page to automatically generate and display links to your Web databases (Figure 18.2). The Web Companion also offers you a variety of page styles for presenting your databases (Figure 18.3).

Figure 18.2. The Web Companion's Instant Web Portal automatically generates and displays links to your Web databases.



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