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CGI spec revisited

From: Paul Phillips <paulp@cerf.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 1995 14:42:38 -0700 (PDT)
To: www-talk@www10.w3.org
Cc: httpd@ncsa.uiuc.edu
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950428143442.28562A-100000@nic.cerf.net>
I didn't hear anything about a more rigorous CGI specification than the 
one at hoohoo, so I assume there is none.  NCSA httpd 1.4b4-2 has added 
support for more environment variables: DOCUMENT_ROOT, ERROR_STATUS, 
ERROR_URL, ERROR_REQUEST.  Perhaps even more since then.  Unfortunately, 
none of these appear in the spec.  This sort of thing introduces gratuitous 
incompatabilities -- CGI scripts really shouldn't have to depend on the 
server they are running on, just the CGI version that's implemented.

If the docs at hoohoo are indeed the definitive CGI spec, would the NCSA 
people please start a CGI 1.2 or something before adding more variables? 
HTML and HTTP are splintering enough without CGI joining them.

Regards,

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