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CGI (Common Gateway Interface) - Definition

CGI is the acronym for Common Gateway Interface. It is basically a set of rules used to describe the way in which a web server communicates with other software housed on the same machine, and then how that software talks back to the web server. What is returned from the CGI program is based on what was requested, and this information can be accessed and returned to the user in many different ways. Typically, a CGI program is quite small, taking data from a web server and then using it for a number of functions such as adding content from a form into an email message so that one can see the form entries.

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