Standard Structure Options

In most websites it is important to maintain a consistent appearance on all pages, including those generated by CGI. This can include a consistent background color, tiled image, or a standard header and footer on each page.

The BASIC Web Utility looks for the following case-sensitive global strings:




A required global string that acts as a trigger. All the other global strings are optional. If the string does not exist, the standard structure is not invoked. If it does exist, the following tags are added on the first call to "utsend.wbb".





<body $bodyopt>


When "utexit.wbb" is called, and if this global string exists, the following text is added to the document:





A global string to add additional HTML heading elements to the document. A common example would be a <META ...> tag, such as <meta name="keywords" content="sdsi;bbweb">. To improve viewing of the HTML source, place a line-feed between each header element in the global string.


A global string that, if present, is appended to the <body> tag inside the closing bracket. Establishes default colors or background tile images.


A global string to reference a physical disk file that is loaded at the top of each document, just below the <body> tag.


A global string references a physical disk file that is loaded at the end of each document by a call to "utexit.wbb".

To invoke the standard structure, the first call to "utsend.wbb" should be the first body text of the document. It is possible to call "utsend.wbb" with a "Location:" or "Content-type:" header. The BASIC Web Utility does not interfere with control of the output or the inclusion of the standard structure elements.

If disk files are used as the page source, and standard structure features are also used, eliminate all heading and closing codes generated by the authoring tool. These codes become redundant and appear in the body of the document.