Apple announces their intention to support CGI extensions in their server software.
Subject: CGI Support in Apple's PWS
Sent: 12/13/96 2:01 PM
Received: 12/13/96 3:14 PM
From: Lynn Welge, firstname.lastname@example.org
CC: Lynn Welge, email@example.com
Our Personal Web Server (PWS) team has been following your discussions
about the importance of CGI support in the product. As you've heard, we
had identified time to market for the basic product as a higher priority
than CGI support. Based on your feedback, and similar input from our
seed sites, we've just decided to change our plan.
We have decided to add CGI support as a feature in the first release of
our Personal Web Server. As Larry Tesler pointed out in an earlier
message, one of our goals has always been to create a platform for
developer added value. Our primary concern was the time it might take
for us to qualify the ever growing number of CGIs available, both
commercially and for free. We didn't want to overcommit our test team,
over and above making sure the core product works really well.
Based on early returns from our pre-Beta seed, and our own internal
testing, we're cautiously optimistic that quality and performance are
looking pretty decent.
We've also re-evaluated what it means to claim CGI support. Instead of
Apple testing all widely available commercial and non-commercial CGI's
before we ship, we'll encourage the CGI developers among you to test your
code against our product and make your own compatibility claims. If we
can do a bit of testing ourselves, and get quick turnaround on testing
from you, the impact on the product schedule could be minimal.
So, over the next few days, the team will supply the current seeds and
the MIDAS mailing list with what information is needed for their own CGI
testing. (By the way, the current pre-beta software many of you are
using does in fact have CGI support enabled already; we will follow up
with some helpful sample AppleScript files for registering, monitoring,
Once again, thank you for providing us with exactly what we needed from
you: timely, useful, rational, consistent input to make us all more
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