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Re: include in html

From: Gregory Martin Pfeil <pfeilgm@cs.jmu.edu>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 04:33:54 -0400 (EDT)
To: Pascal Sitbon <sitbon@uranus.crosat.fr>
cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.980416042744.20112A-100000@sys10.cs.jmu.edu>
On Thu, 16 Apr 1998, Pascal Sitbon wrote:
> I don't understand why there's no instruction to include a file
> in html in another. For example, I have a menu.html file which
> describes the main menu, and for all *.html in the site, I would
> include the menu simply by putting something like :
>  <INCLUDE HREF="menu.html">  
> (like the \insert{} command in LaTeX or the #include in C langage)
> I think that this can be useful in many cases.
> (I know that it's possible to do frame pages but I don't want)

There is a way, but it requires that the server has SSI (Server Side
Includes) available.  A lot of commercial Web hosts turn off the
functionality in order to improve security. 

For example, to include menu.html, you could use:
	<!--#include file="menu.html"-->

There are a lot of others, such as #exec (to execute a command) and 
#config (to set up aspects of SSI).  Since this is done on the server 
side, the actual <!--*--> is replaced with the output before you ever see 

I use this on _every_ one of my pages.  To see the effect (to a limited 
extent) you can visit 
http://sys12.cs.jmu.edu/wwwhomes/pfeilgm/fingerall.shtml.  Basically, it 
lists all the finger information for everyone who is logged on at the 
moment the page loads.  If you look at the source, you won't see the 
include, but I guarantee, for each line of HTML on the page, there is an 
SSI command.

Gregory Martin Pfeil     Programmer-Misogynist-BUFH-MIRC
mailto:pfeilgm@jmu.edu   http://falcon.jmu.edu/~pfeilgm/
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Received on Thursday, 16 April 1998 04:42:29 UTC

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