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Chapter 11. Using Forms and Interactive ... > Understanding Internet Forms

Understanding Internet Forms

When a visitor fills out a form on a Web page and clicks the Submit button, this action sends the information to a program on the Web server, which processes and stores the data. This processing can be as simple as saving the raw data to a file, or as complex as sorting the data and calculating results from it, before the information is sent to the intended recipient. (It is also normal for the server program to send a confirmation to the person who submitted the form.)

The software standard that defines how your site's forms must interact with the Web server is called the Common Gateway Interface (CGI) . The programs that process the incoming information at the Web server are called CGI scripts and are written to conform to these CGI definitions.


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