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WHAT IS THIS? This is CGI.pm, an easy-to-use Perl5 library for writing World Wide Web CGI scripts. HOW DO I INSTALL IT? To install this module, cd to the directory that contains this README file and type the following: perl Makefile.PL make make test make install If this doesn't work for you, try: cp lib/CGI.pm /usr/local/lib/perl5 If you have trouble installing CGI.pm because you have insufficient access privileges to add to the perl library directory, you can still use CGI.pm. See the docs for details. WHAT SYSTEMS DOES IT WORK WITH? This module works with NT, Windows, Macintosh, OS/2 and VMS servers, although it hasn't been tested as extensively as it should be. See the docs for notes on your particular platform. WHERE IS THE DOCUMENTATION? Documentation is found in POD (plain old documentation) form in CGI.pm itself. When you install CGI, the MakeMaker program will automatically install the manual pages for you (on Unix systems, type "man CGI"). WHERE ARE THE EXAMPLES? A collection of examples demonstrating various CGI features and techniques are in the directory "examples". WHERE IS THE ONLINE DOCUMENTATION? Online documentation of for CGI.pm, and notifications of new versions can be found at: http://search.cpan.org/~lds/ WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE? I have written a book about CGI.pm called "The Official Guide to Programming with CGI.pm" which was published by John Wiley & Sons in May 1998. If you like CGI.pm, you'll love this book. IMPORTANT NOTES: Version 2.69 emits XHTML by default. To get the old behavior, use the -no_xhtml pragma. Versions 2.44-2.46 introduce two API changes that will affect users of previous versions: 1) The accept() function has been renamed Accept() to avoid conflicting with Perl's built-in function of the same name. 2) The sub() function has been renamed Sub() for similar reasons. My apologies for these changes, but they were necessary in order for CGI to pass the perl5.005 regression tests! Have fun, and let me know how it turns out! Lincoln D. Stein email@example.com