Journal: News & Comment

Tuesday, September 03, 2002
# 9:46:00 AM:

Late learner

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Over at the Adam Woodall Band site, which I've been building bit by bit over the summer, things are finally getting to where I want them.

I've been trying for some time to make it easy for the members of the band (instead of me) to edit their News and Shows page themselves, but my early design decision meant I couldn't do that until I figured out how to use Server Side Includes (SSIs), a Web server software trick that lets a single Web document suck up the contents of another and display them together as a single Web page. Somehow I had previously avoided learning about SSIs in the five years I've been making Web sites.

Like most Web things, they're pretty simple, but -- also like most Web things -- can cause relentless aggravation if even one little thing (in this case, Unix file permissions) is wrong.


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