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I was thinking of something like this:
URL a user enters:
mod_perl maps this into:
(this is how it will look if you use CGI::Application. I suggest get this working first, then add a .htaccess file in your cgi-bin directory to add the
The script reads in template "page1.html", figures out the counter value, inserts it, and displays the page.
All the template files should be in a special directory, not under the document root, so there's no way a user can point their browser to the "real" page1.html.
update: corrected typo