Installing the Engine
The Meta-HTML Engine is the CGI program which actually interprets Meta-HTML statements in your documents.
The Engine gets the path of the page to process from the environment
variable PATH_INFO, which is also where it tries to find the
value of the current session ID. Thus, a full URL to a page full of
Meta-HTML commands stored in your Web documents directory as
and, if a session ID were present in the URL,
Obviously, this URL is "ugly" in the sense that it is unlikely people
browsing your Web site could remember it, or that it is something you
would like to publish in a television commercial. So, the goal is to
make some reasonable URL, such as
You handle this translation in the configuration files for your server, and the server specific sections of this manual tell you how to do that for many of the popular servers.
For example, let's say that you are building a hairy site for an
organization called "Foo Industries." The URL of Foo Industries is
An URL such as "http://www.foo.com/index.html" causes the Engine to be
run, with a PATH_INFO value of
The Meta-HTML Engine performs various translation on the path that it receives; in effect, it is a small and powerful server on its own.
Prior to executing any page, the file
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