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Part II: Authoring > Server Side Includes

Chapter 18. Server Side Includes

In layperson's terms, Server Side Includes (SSI) are special placeholders in an HTML document that the server replaces with actual data just before sending the final document to the browser. By the time the document gets to the browser, it looks just like any other HTML page (even if someone happens to "view source"), as though you typed the data into the HTML source by hand.

When the server looks through the file for placeholders (SSI commands), it is said to parse the file. The server then inserts the requested data, which could be anything from the current date and time to other HTML documents to the results of a CGI script. (The complete list of information available via Server Side Includes is listed later in this chapter.)


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