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Part V: CGI and Perl > Server Side Includes

Chapter 13. Server Side Includes

Server Side Includes (SSI) are directives you can place into an HTML document to execute other programs or to output data, such as file statistics or the contents of environment variables. SSI directives can save you the trouble of writing complete CGI programs to output documents containing a small amount of dynamic information. While Server Side Includes aren't technically CGI, they can be an important tool for incorporating CGI-like information as well as output from CGI programs.

In addition to output of specific directives, SSI can use conditional expressions to evaluate portions of documents. This extended SSI functionality is available in Apache 1.2 and later.


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