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Chapter 35. CGI and Pre-Processing Fundamentals > The Common Gateway Interface

The Common Gateway Interface

Static HTML pages are a useful way to provide information on demand to a lot of people. However, the true power of Web pages lies not in the static nature of HTML, but rather in their interactive capability.

One of the earliest and still widely used methods for making Web pages dynamic and interactive is the use of CGI scripting. The Common Gateway Interface, or CGI, provided the first mechanism for integrating applications into your Web site. By using CGI, developers can write applications that can provide some interactive element (such as accepting feedback from the end user) or a dynamic element (such as Web pages generated on demand). The power of CGI allows developers to easily integrate these applications into their Web sites, regardless of the Web server software being used.


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