[kwlug-disc] Can someone help?

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Wed May 5 10:27:01 EDT 2010


Shane,

There are many different ways for achieving what you want.

You didn't specify if your web site is dynamic content or static content so I'll respond to both:

Dynamic content (content driven by a program running on the server):

- Using server side assembly of the page; You can use PHP, JSP, ASP, Ruby on Rails, etc... To populate the contents of your page into a standard template. Requires some programming.
- You could use AJAX (HttpRequest) to bring the contents of the header.

Static Content (Content that does not change between calls to the same page)
- Using frames: Frowned uppon these days but very popular in the old days. I won't go into detail why it's not good but you can search.
- Clone the content of the header and apply the format (position, colours, etc) using CSS. This only works when you have a limited number of pages as changes to the header would require changing every page.
- Write a simple script that will concatenate a "header" page with the "body" of each page. Whenever there is a new page, you run the script on it. Whenever the header changes, you run the script for all pages.
- Using <iframe> where you can insert the contents of another web page into your page.

I hope one of these is the one you remember.

Raul Suarez

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--- On Wed, 5/5/10, Shane <shane.msg at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Shane <shane.msg at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Can someone help?
> To: "KWLUG" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 9:53 AM
> Thanks.  There used to be an
> easier way using an attribute of - I believe it was the
> "<a" tag.  It was told that when the page was
> loaded, insert the contents of the external
> file.   Progress.
> 
> Now I have to go back into the fog to try and figure out
> what it was.  Not for any practical reason - just to
> know. 
> 
> ================It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
> it's the size of the fight in the dog.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "John Van Ostrand" <john at netdirect.ca>
> Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 07:43:18 
> To: <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Can someone help?
> 
> The easiest way we do this is using PHP.
> Create header.php as the header including HEAD and BODY
> tags. Then create 
> page.php with only HTML.
> 
> Then create .htaccess file and use php's directive
> "auto_prepend_file" 
> giving header.php as the file. I don't recal the exact
> syntax, search for 
> that directive.
> 
> Then the header.php file is called every time page.php is
> called.
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org
> <kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org>
> To: KWLUG <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Sent: Wed May 05 01:46:43 2010
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] Can someone help?
> 
> This is not specific to Linux.  I am playing with
> website development and 
> the number of pages is growing.  The problem is that I
> want to keep the page 
> heading area the same on all pages.  If it becomes
> necessary to change the 
> page head I'd rather not have to do 36 changes; 36 now.
> 
> When I did this before, there was a way by setting a
> separate document and 
> calling copies of it whenever the page was loaded,
> automatically setting up 
> the heading.
> 
> Trouble is, I forget how to do it and I can't remember what
> this process of 
> inserting text from other files is called so I have been
> unable to look it 
> up.  I've tried many possibilities but nothing has
> worked.
> ================It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
> it's the size of 
> the fight in the dog.
> 
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