cgi, reusing html. common problem?

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Thu Sep 1 09:20:51 CEST 2005

John M. Gabriele wrote:
> I'm putting together a small site using Python and cgi.
> (I'm pretty new to this, but I've worked a little with
> JSP/servlets/Java before.)
> Almost all pages on the site will share some common (and
> static) html, however, they'll also have dynamic aspects.
> I'm guessing that the common way to build sites like this
> is to have every page (which contains active content) be
> generated by a cgi script, but also have some text files
> hanging around containing incomplete html fragments which
> you read and paste-in as-needed (I'm thinking:
> header.html.txt, footer.html.txt, and so on).
> Is that how it's usually done? If not, what *is* the
> usual way of handling this?

The basic idea is correct - but there are sooo many other people that 
had the same problem, and thus they creted web-framworks like e.g. 
CherryPy or Django or... and then there is ZOPE. Search this group for 
webframeworks, and you might get more answers than you wanted :)


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