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Chapter 1. Introducing Dreamweaver Ultra... > Web Development Prior to UltraDev

Web Development Prior to UltraDev

In the early ’90s (you know, the “olden days”), Web design was a much simpler animal than it is today. Back then, the only tools you really needed to develop a Web site were a list of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) tags, a graphics editor, and a simple text editor such as Notepad. Because of slow download speeds, browser limitations, and restrictions of HTML syntax, Web sites were basic and relatively simple in design.

Due to the limited capabilities of HTML, Web developers who desired features beyond those provided by HTML relied upon applications programmed for the Common Gateway Interface (CGI). CGI provided a standard by which any Web server could process data received from a Web page. Web servers using CGI applications would receive input from the browser (usually from a form) and pass that information to an application stored on the server that would then process the information and perform the appropriate tasks. CGI applications have been used to perform functions such as retrieving data from databases, sending the contents of a form via email, and generating user-oriented Web pages.


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