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Chapter 15. Forms > Introduction to Forms

15.2. Introduction to Forms

HTML form tags alone don't make forms work; they merely provide an interface for gathering data. The real work is done by forms-processing applications on the server, such as CGI scripts, ASP, PHP, or Java servlets (see Chapter 4 for information on server-side scripting).

For simple forms processing, many web developers rely on CGI scripts. CGI (Common Gateway Interface) is the interface between HTTP/web server software (the program responsible for web transactions) and other programs on the server. There is an introduction to CGI scripts at the end of this chapter


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