How to generate graphics dynamically on the web using Python CGI script?

David Wahler dwahler at
Fri Jan 20 11:30:05 EST 2006

Xavier Morel wrote:
> Steve Holden wrote:
> > Luiz Geron wrote:
> >> I don't have experience on this, but I think that you can make the
> >> script return the image "contents" directly to the img tag, without
> >> passing it to a img file, so you can use something like this:
> >>
> >> <img src="script_that_return_image_contents">
> >>
> >> wich saves some processing and I/O.
> >>
> > No it doesn't, because the script that generates the graphic is then a
> > different script from the one that generates the referring HTML. I agree
> > that scripted generation of the graphical content is a viable option
> > that I overlooked, though it seems from the OP's inquiry that he already
> > uses CGI to generate the HTML.
> >
> > regards
> >   Steve
> Generate inline base64 encoded images in your HTML page and you're done.
> (yes, this is ugly, but it generates both HTML and graphics in the same
> script)

I believe that won't work with Internet Explorer (although it's been a
while since I checked).

-- David

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