Extending Your Web: CGI and Other Alternatives

In This Chapter

* Getting acquainted — a quick CGI overview

* Specifying CGI

* Making smart programming choices

* Forming connections — handling forms data

* Cheating at CGI

* A look at: Java, JavaScript, VRML, Shockwave, ActiveX, and Real Audio

Extending your Web site is the activity of going beyond HTML markup and simple graphics to interactivity and multimedia. You can add dynamic features to your Web documents in a variety of ways, and we discuss many of them in this chapter. First, we look at the longest standing extension to the Web — CGI. But let us warn you, CGI is not really a Dummies kind of a thing. It can require a fairly complicated set of tasks and often involves programming. The other extensions we look into — Java, JavaScript, VRML, Shockwave, ActiveX, and Real Audio — are not simple either, but we want you to know that there is more to the Web than just markup and pretty pictures.

You may also want to take note that many of the subjects that we discuss in this chapter are covered in a more in-depth and actual hands-on way in our companion book MORE HTML For Dummies, 2nd Edition. If you are interested in any of these cool extensions to the Web, run (donít walk) to your nearest bookstore and get a copy.

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