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Re: Include pieces of code in an HTML file

From: John Whelan <whelan@itp.unibe.ch>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 09:55:03 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-html@w3.org
Cc: 75819671@it.ibm.com
Message-id: <199909301354.PAA09818@itpserver>
> John T. Whelan said:

>> authors have a lot more control over the servers they run on than
>> they do on any conceivable browser that could be used to access the
>> page (which is also why CGI is better than client-side scripting in
>> cases where either will work).

Dario de Judicibus replied: 

> My understanding is that most developed pages are loaded on servers
> provided by companies and organizations which does not allow their
> customers to create their own scripts or programs to manage server
> sides. If your ISP provides you with server-side features, you may
> use it, but if he/she does not, it is hard to ask for specific
> services.

Well, you could always find a better ISP.  This seems like a simpler
solution than re-writing HTML and then producing pages which are
guaranteed to fail for X% of your readership.

> The XML architecture provides users with complete control
> from client side, avoiding dependencies on server providers.

And instead producing potentially crippling dependencies on browser
features.  If you are using an ISP without SSI support and all you
want to do is include the same bit of text on every page, another
option is to run an offline script which build the pages once and then
install the static pages.  (In fact, this has been touted on this list
as superior to SSI by virtue of not consuming the server resources
every time the page is requested.)
					John T. Whelan
Received on Thursday, 30 September 1999 10:08:41 UTC

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