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Is CGI the right thing for me?

I've been slated to create a Web Postcards page for my school website and I have no clue where to start. I've done my research; I have basic HTML knowledge, and I know that from visiting other similar sites I have to work a bit with Javascript. However, I keep seeing this CGI reference in many of these sites' source code, such as <Form Action="?????.cgi"> I know that my school site can support CGI, but this stuff just seems a bit tough for someone who only knows HTML and HTML editors like DreamWeaver.

So...can anyone help me? Basically, I just want to enable users to choose a picture (via radio button perhaps), write some text, an email address or so, and then be able to preview the card in full, before submitting it of course.  


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Perhaps have a look at what other people have done and adapt their code. These are good starting points for ready made code:


Your cgi choices depend upon your hsoting- is it 1) IIS/Windows or 2) Apache/Linux? Use: 1) asp 2) PHP or Perl

HTH a  bit?

The reason you've seen cgi used by most of the card sites, is that many scripting languages make it very easy to automatically compose an email and send it off.  With CGI, you could take the input you have on your html postcard page and neatly package everything in an email and send it off.

If you can figure out how to do all this without using any CGI scripting, then you probably don't need it.

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