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Dynamic content within an HTML page

8:45 pm on Jan 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Hello Everyone
I have a client that wants the ability to update content within certain pages on her site.
Not the entire page, just small blurbs.

Has anyone done this or know of anyone doing it? If so, with what tool set?

I can do it with WebObjects, ASP and JSP, but she's not using any of those tools.

I'm thinking SSI. If I use SSI, does anyone have any scripts that do this?

Thank you very much.

Eric Reynolds

11:21 pm on Jan 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I've done this once.
Try [cgi.resourceindex.com ]
4:08 pm on Feb 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

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You can turn her onto building the pages with ssi. Generally, I use five to six ssi's to build a page something like this

<!-- header.htm --> : includes a default ssi header values (languages..and stock body tag with head closer)
<!-- top.htm --> : not always needed, but sometimes I put stuff before the menu
<!-- leftside.htm --> : left side that prints a stock remote control, then repositions to top of the page for content.

(content of page here)

<!-- footer.htm --> : that close any outstanding tables, copyright notices, etc. and closes the page with a body/html tag.

So to update any of the template only requires editing that ssi "object". Then to edit the page, all I have to do is edit the body contents in that file.

That system seems to work good and even novices I've taught catch on quick. I took a customer who was a 100% complete computer newbie who couldn't dream of programming his own vcr, to the point of adding content to his site on his own using the method. All I did was give him the ssi template above, told him to "add content here" and explained the <title>, <p>, <b>, and <i> tags. He is rocking out to this day. I gave him 12 of those premade ssi templates, and he called me a week later and told me he need more of those templates files :-) I didn't even try to explain, I just sent him more.

4:19 pm on Feb 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

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>told him to "add content here" and explained the <title>, <p>, <b>, and <i> tags.

Add a "free page" script like homefree that inserts headers and footers under your control, declare any .html and .htm extensions in their assigned working directory to be ssi, and all they have to do in know how to type -plus the <BR> tag. Makes the process entirely browser-based.