file format, World-Wide Web
(SPML, SHTML) A kind of HTML file containing server-specific, non-standard commands which are interpreted by the HTTP server and replaced by standard HTML or text before the data is returned to the client.
Different servers use different command syntax and support different sets of commands. The most common example is a server-side include command which simply expands to the contents of some given file and allows bits of HTML or text to be shared between pages for ease of updating. Other commands insert the value of an environment variable or the output of a shell command. These allow pages to be different each time they are served without requiring a CGI script.
Some servers distinguish SPML from HTML with a different filename extension, others use the execute bit of the file’s permissions.
- Server room
hardware The room where all the server computers are housed. The workstations at which people sit and program are usually located elsewhere. Compare: sun lounge, dinosaur pen, play pen, salt mines, disk farm. (1998-07-06)
noun 1. a person who serves. 2. a person who waits on tables; a waiter or waitress. 3. something that serves or is used in serving, as a salver. 4. a broad fork, spoon, or spatula for dishing out and serving individual portions of food, as vegetables, cake, or pie. 5. Ecclesiastical. an attendant on […]
World-Wide Web Processing or content generation that is done on the web server or other server, as opposed to on the client computer where the web browser is running. An example is server-side include where one file is inserted in another before it is served, rather than, say, having the browser request the files separately […]
- Server-side include
World-Wide Web (SSI) The facility provided by most web servers, e.g. NCSA httpd, to replace special tags in an HTML file with the contents of another file before the file is sent out by the server, i.e. an HTML macro. NCSA httpd tutorial (http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/docs/tutorials/includes.html). (1996-09-08)