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Server-side includes, otherwise referred to as SSI, are a primitive form of web site scripting that was used in the very early days of the World-Wide Web in order to allow for more effective compartmentalization and embedding of static or dynamically generated markup code. SSI takes the form of comments embedded in HTML or XHTML. Each comment contains a directive and each directive generally has one parameter. By parsing or reading the commented directives the web server could then take various simple actions based on those directives. This meant, for example, that early web pages could include the dynamic result of a CGI application inside the body of an otherwise static web page. Though currently rare, SSI can occasionally still be found in use.

last updated 2007.09.26


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