CGI Terms

This page provides CGI terms and definitions.

  • CGI - Common Gateway Interface which is a standard defining how information is passed between the client and server.
  • GET - Sends data to the environment variable QUERY_STRING. The length of this string is limited so it is better to use POST when large amounts of data are expected.
  • HTML - Hyper text markup Language
  • POST - Sends data to the standard input. The variable CONTENT_LENGTH must be used to tell how much data to read
  • SSI - Server side Includes are a method of invoking server script programs passively from HTML or Server side include SHTML web pages.
  • Transaction - The request and response combination which makes up a single interaction between the client browser and the web server.