cgi, reusing html. common problem?

John M. Gabriele john_sips_teaz at
Fri Sep 2 01:54:46 CEST 2005

On Thu, 01 Sep 2005 19:10:14 +0200, Walter Dörwald wrote:

> 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?
> I don't know if it's the *usual* way, but you could give XIST a try 
> ( It was developed for exactly 
> this purpose: You implement reusable HTML fragments in Python and you 
> can use any kind of embedded dynamic language (PHP and JSP are supported 
> out of the box).
> Bye,
>     Walter Dörwald

Thanks Walt. :) Though, it seems simpler to me to just stick with some
plain vanilla static html, and pull that in to my cgi scripts as


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