=head1 NAME

Embperl - Building dynamic Websites with Perl


=head1 SYNOPSIS

For a list of available Embperl documentation please view
L<Embperl::TOC> with perldoc(1) or man(1). If Embperl is not yet
installed, have a look at perldoc TOC.pod in the distribution archive.



=head1 DESCRIPTION

Embperl is a framework for building websites with Perl.

For the beginner it's any easy to setup and use way of embedding
Perl code in HTML pages.

It delivers several features that ease the task of creating a websites, 
including dynamic tables, formfield-processing, escaping/unescaping, 
session handling, caching and more. 

If your demands grows it gives you the power
to make your Web site object-oriented and build it out of small reusable
components. If you don't like the idea of mixing up all your layout and code
Embperl supports separating it in different objects (e.g. createing an
MVC application). Of course Embperl doesn't ties you to HTML, it allows
components to be from different source formats (e.g. HTML, WML, XML, POD, ...)
and if necessary transforms it (for example via XSLT) to other output formats. 
This is achieved by diving the output generation in small steps, where each
is processed by a plugable provider.

Advanced user can create their own syntax definitions (for example tag libraries)
and extent Embperl by writing their own providers and much more

B<IMPORTANT:> This document describes the syntax and several features of Embperl.
Please read also L<perldoc Config.pod|Config.pod>, which describes how to
configure Embperl and how to access the different Embperl objects and 
their data. Also take a look at L<perldoc Embperl::Object|EmbperlObject.pod>
to learn how to use Embperl page as objects.

Additionally there are a few introductions documents should consider to read:
L<Intro.pod>, L<IntroEmbperl2.pod> and L<IntroEmbperlObject.pod>.


=head1 SYNTAX

Embperl understands two categories of commands. The first one are
special Embperl commands, and the second category consists of some HTML tags
which can trigger special processing.  Embperl commands can span
multiple lines and need not start or end at a line boundary.

Before the special Embperl commands are processed, and for the VALUE
attribute of the INPUT tag (see below), all HTML tags are removed and
special HTML characters are translated to their ASCII values (e.g.,
`&lt;' is translated to `<').  You can avoid this behavior by
preceding the special character or HTML tag with a backslash.  This is
done in case your favorite (WYSIWYG) HTML editor inserts tags like
line breaks or formatting into your Embperl commands where you don't
want them.


All Embperl commands start with a `[' and end with a `]'.  To get a
real `[' you must enter `[['.

Embperl does not use SGML comments (i.e., <! ... !> or similar things)
because some HTML editors can't create them, or it's much more
complicated.  Since every HTML editor takes (or B<should> take) `['
and `]' as normal text, there should be no problem.


=head2 [+ Perl code +]

Replace the command with the result you get from evaluating the Perl code.
The Perl code can be anything which can be used as an argument to a Perl
eval statement.  (See L<"(Safe-)Namespaces and opcode restrictions"> below
for restrictions.)  Examples:

 [+ $a +]        Replaces the [+ $a +] with the content of
                 the variable $a

 [+ $a+1 +]      (Any expression can be used)

 [+ $x[$i] +]    (Arrays, hashes, and more complex
                 expressions work)

C<NOTE:> Whitespace is ignored.  The output will be automatically
HTML-escaped (e.g., `<' is translated to `&lt;') depending on the
value of the variables C<$escmode>.  You do not have to worry about
it.


=head2 [- Perl code -]

Executes the Perl code, but deletes the whole command from the HTML
output.

Examples:

 [- $a=1 -]            Set the variable $a to one.
 		       No output will be generated.

 [- use SomeModule ;  -]  You can use other modules. NOTE the semicolon!

 [- $i=0; while ($i<5) {$i++} -]  Even more complex
                                  statements or multiple
                                  statements are possible.

C<NOTE:> Statements like if, while, for, etc., must be contained in a
single Embperl command.  You cannot have the if in one command block
and the terminating `}' or else in another.

C<NOTE:> To define subroutines, use L<"[! Perl Code !]"> (see below) instead of
[- ... -] to avoid recompilation of the subroutine on every request.


=head2 [! Perl Code !]

Same as [- Perl Code -] with the exception that the code is only
executed at the first request.  This could be used to define
subroutines, or do one-time initialization.


=head2 [* Perl code *]

(only version 1.2b2 or higher) B<EXPERIMENTAL!>

This is similar to [- Perl Code -]. 
The main difference is, while [- Perl Code -] 
always has its own scope, all [* Perl code *] blocks runs in the same scope.
This allows you to define "local" variables with a scope of the 
whole page. Normally, you don't need to use local, because Embperl takes care of separate namespaces
of different documents and cleanup after the request is finished, but in special cases it's
necessary. For example, if you want to recursively call an Embperl document via Execute.

There is a second reason to use the [* Perl code *] instead of the [- Perl Code -]. If you like
to use perl's control structures. Perl's if, while, for etc. can B<not> span mulitple [- Perl Code -]
blocks, but it can span multiple [* Perl Code *]. 

  Example:

  [* foreach $i (1..10) { *]
    
    [- $a = $i + 5 -]
    loop count + 5 = [+ $a +] <br>

  [* } *]

  The following B<won't> work:

  [- foreach $i (1..10) { -]
    some text here <br>
  [- } -]

The same can be done with Embperl L<meta commands|"[$ Cmd Arg $]  (Meta-Commands)"> (see below)

  [$ foreach $i (1..10) $]
    
    [- $a = $i + 5 -]
    loop count + 5 = [+ $a +] <br>

  [$ endforeach $]

B<NOTE 1:> [* ... *] blocks _must_ always end with a B<;>,B<{> or B<}>

B<NOTE 2:> [* ... *] cannot apear inside a html tag that is interpreted by Embperl
(unless you disable the interpretation of such tags like table, input etc.)

B<NOTE 3:> There are still benefits of using [- ... -] and metacommands: 
  - much better debugging in the log file. 
  - no restriction on where they can be used. You can use them
anywhere; even inside html tags that are interpreted by Embperl.



=head2 [# Some Text #]  (Comments)

(only version 1.2b2 or higher)

This is a comment block. Everything between the [# and the #] will be removed from
the output.

B<NOTE 1:> The [* ... *] blocks are interpreted before the comment block, so they are
executed also inside a comment. 

B<NOTE 2:> Everything (except [* ... *]) is really removed from the source, so you
can also use the [# ... #] block to take a part out of your document.


=head2 [= =] (Internationalisation)

Defines a string which should be translated into a local language. See
L<Internationalisation (I18N)> for details.

=head2 [$ Cmd Arg $]  (Meta-Commands)

Execute an Embperl metacommand.  B<Cmd> can be one of the following.
(B<Arg> varies depending on <Cmd>).

=over 4

=item B<if>, B<elsif>, B<else>, B<endif>

Everything following the B<if> metacommand until the B<else>,
B<elsif>, or B<endif> is only output if the Perl expression given in
B<Arg> is true.  B<else> and B<elsif> work similarly.

Example:

 [$ if $ENV{REQUEST_METHOD} eq 'GET' $]
 Method was GET<BR>
 [$ else $]
 Method other than GET used<BR>
 [$ endif $]

This will send one of the two sentences to the client, depending on the
request method used to retrieve the document.

=item B<while>, B<endwhile>

Executes a loop until the B<Arg> given to B<while> is false.

Example: (see eg/x/loop.htm)

 [- $i = 0; @k = keys %ENV -]
 [$ while ($i < $#k) $]
 [+ $k[$i] +] = [+ $ENV{$k[$i]} +]<BR>
 [- $i++ -]
 [$ endwhile $]

This will send a list of all environment variables to the client.


=item B<do>, B<until>

Executes a loop until the B<Arg> given to B<until> is true.

 Example:

 [- $i = 0 -]
 [$ do $]
     [+ $i++ +] <BR>
 [$ until $i > 10 $]

=item B<foreach>, B<endforeach>

Executes a loop for each element of the second B<Arg>, setting the
first B<Arg> accordingly.

 Example:

 [- @arr = (1, 3, 5) -]
 [$ foreach $v (@arr) $]
     [+ $v +] <BR>
 [$ endforeach $]

=item B<next>

Inside of looks same as Perl next statement. You could also use the following
syntax, which allows you to add an addtional condition (or any other Perl code):

    [* next if ($foo) *]

=item B<last>

Inside of looks same as Perl last statement. You could also use the following
syntax, which allows you to add an addtional condition (or any other Perl code):

    [* last if ($foo) *]

=item B<redo>

Inside of looks same as Perl redo statement. You could also use the following
syntax, which allows you to add an addtional condition (or any other Perl code):

    [* redo if ($foo) *]

=item B<hidden>

B<Arg> consists of zero, one or two names of hashes (with or without
the leading %) and an optional array as third parameter.  The
B<hidden> metacommand will generate hidden fields for all data
contained in the first hash but not in the second hash.  The default used for
the first hash is C<%fdat>, C<%idat> is used for the second.

If the third parameter is specified, the fields are written in the
order they appear in this array.  That is, all keys of the first hash
must be properly sorted in this array. This is intended for
situations where you want to pass data from one form to the next, for
example, two forms which should be filled in one after the other.
(Examples might be an input form and a second form to review and
accept the input, or a Windows-style "wizard").  Here you can pass
along data from previous forms in hidden fields.  (See eg/x/neu.htm
for an example.)  If you use just the 'hidden' command without
parameters, it simply generates hidden fields for all form fields
submitted to this document which aren't already contained in another
input field.

Example:

    <FORM ACTION="inhalt.htm" METHOD="GET">
	<INPUT TYPE="TEXT" NAME="field1">
    [$ hidden $]
    </FORM>

If you request this with 
    
    http://host/doc.htm?field1=A&field2=B&field3=C

the output will be

    <FORM ACTION="inhalt.htm" METHOD="GET">
	<INPUT TYPE="TEXT" NAME="feld1" VALUE="A">
	
    <INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="field2" VALUE="B">
    <INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="field3" VALUE="C">
    </FORM>


C<NOTE:> This should only be used for a small amount of data, since the
hidden fields are sent to the browser, which sends it back with the
next request.  If you have a large amount of data, store it in a file
with a unique name and send only the filename in a hidden field.  Be
aware of the fact that the data can be changed by the browser if the
user doesn't behave exactly as you expect. Users have a nasty habit of 
doing this all of the time. Your program should be able to handle
such situations properly.


=item B<var>

The var command declares one or more variables for use within this
Embperl document and sets the B<strict> pragma. The variable names
must be supplied as a space-separated list.

Example:
	
	[$var $a %b @c $]

This is the same as writing the following in normal Perl code:

	use strict ;
	use vars qw($a %b @c) ;

NOTE 1: `use strict' within an Embperl document will only apply to the
block in which it occurs.


=item B<sub>

(Only Embperl 1.2b5 and above)

Defines a Embperl subroutine. Example:

  [$ sub foo $]
    <p> Here we do something </p>
  [$ endsub $]

You can call this subroutine either as a normal Perl subroutine

  [- foo -]

or via the Embperl::Execute function.

  [- Execute ('#foo')           # short form -]
  [- Execute ({ sub => 'foo'})  # long form  -]

The difference is that the Execute function will reset the internal
states of Embperl like they were before the subrountine call, when 
the subroutine returns. 

You may also pass Parameters to the subroutine:

  [$ sub foo $]
    [- $p = shift -]
    <p> Here we show the first parameter [+ $p +]</p>
  [$ endsub $]

  
  [- foo ('value') -]


In Embperl 2.0.2 and up you can use a shortcut syntax for passing parameters:

    [$ sub foo ($p) $]
     <p> Here we show the first parameter [+ $p +]</p>
    [$ endsub $]

This behaves the same as the example above, but in addition the parameters
defined in this way are lexcialy scoped and therefore only available inside
the subroutine.

In addtion you can define some initial Perl code for the subroutine:

   [$ sub foo ($a, $b)
   my $c = $a + $b ;
   $]
     <p> The result is [+ $c +]</p>
   [$ endsub $]

If you have a couple of commonly used subroutines you can define then in one
file and import them into the modules where they are necessary:

  [- Execute ({ inputfile => 'mylib.htm', import => 1 }) -]

This will import all subroutines from the file I<mylib.htm> into the current page
where they could call just as a normal Perl subroutine.


=item B<dump>

Embperl 2.1.1 and above.

C<dump> can be used to output the values of variables either to the output or
to logfiles. The first parameter specifies the output channel:

=over 4

=item out

Output to the page output

=item pre

Same as C<out>, but suround with a <pre> tag. This is the default, if
the output parameter is omitted.

=item log

Output to embperl log file

=item err

Output to stderr, which normally goes to the httpd error log.

=back

If the output parameter is omitted, C<pre> is assumed.

The following parameter can be a literal text (in quotes) or a list
of variables.

Example:

  [$ dump err 'dump test', %fdat $]

  [$ dump %fdat, $i, @array $]



=back

=head2 HTML Tags

Embperl recognizes the following HTML tags in a special way.  All others are
simply passed through, as long as they are not part of a Embperl
command.

=over 4

=item B<TABLE>, B</TABLE>, B<TR>, B</TR>

Embperl can generate dynamic tables (one- or two-dimensional).  You
only need to specify one row or column.

Embperl generates as many rows or columns as necessary. This is done
by using the magic variables $row, $col, and $cnt.  If you don't use
$row/$col/$cnt within a table, Embperl does nothing and simply passes
the table through.

Embperl checks if any of $row, $col, or $cnt is used.  Embperl repeats
all text between <table> and </table>, as long as the expressions in
which $row or $cnt occurs are defined.

Embperl repeats all text between <tr> and </tr>, as long as the
expressions in which $col or $cnt occurs are defined.

See also L<"$tabmode"> (below) for end-of-table criteria.

Examples: (see eg/x/table.htm for more examples)

 [- @k = keys %ENV -]
 <TABLE>
     <TR>
         <TD>[+ $i=$row +]</TD>
         <TD>[+ $k[$row] +]</TD>
         <TD>[+ $ENV{$k[$i]} +]</TD>
     </TR> 
 </TABLE>

This will show all entries in array @k (which contains the keys from
%ENV), so the whole environment is displayed (as in the B<while>
example), with the first column containing the zero-based index, the
second containing the content of the variable name, and the third the
environment variable's value.

This could be used to display the result of a database query if you have
the result in an array.  You may provide as many columns as you need.
It is also possible to call a 'fetch' subroutine in each table row.


=item B<DIR>, B<MENU>, B<OL>, B<UL>, B<DL>, B<SELECT>, B</DIR>, B</MENU>,
B</OL>, B</UL>, B</DL>, B</SELECT>

Lists and dropdowns or list boxes are treated exactly as one-
dimensional tables.  Only L<"$row">, L<"$maxrow">, L<"$col">, L<"$maxcol"> and L<"$tabmode">
are honored.  $col and $maxcol are ignored.  See eg/x/lists.htm for an
example.

=item B<OPTION>

Embperl checks if there is a value from the form data for a specific
option in a menu.  If so, this option will be pre-selected.

Example:

<FORM METHOD="POST">
  <P>Select Tag</P>

  If you request this document with list.htm?SEL1=x
  you can specify that the element which has a value
  of x is initially selected

  <P><SELECT NAME="SEL1">
     <OPTION VALUE="[+ $v[$row] +]">
        [+ $k[$row] +]
     </OPTION>
  </SELECT></P>
</FORM>


=item B<INPUT>

The INPUT tag interacts with the hashes C<%idat> and C<%fdat>.  If the
input tag has no value and a key exists with the same text as the
NAME attribute of the input tag, Embperl will generate a VALUE
attribute with the corresponding value of the hash key.
All values of <INPUT> tags are stored in the hash C<%idat>, with NAME
as the hash key and VALUE as the hash value.  Special processing is
done for TYPE=RADIO and TYPE=CHECKBOX.  If the VALUE attribute
contains the same text as the value of the hash the CHECKED attribute
is inserted, else it is removed.

So, if you specify, as the ACTION URL,
the file which contains the form itself, the form will be redisplayed
with same values as entered the first time. (See eg/x/neu.htm for an
example.)

=item B<TEXTAREA>, B</TEXTAREA>

The C<TEXTAREA> tag is treated exactly like other input fields.


=item B<META HTTP-EQUIV=>

<meta http-equiv= ... > will over-ride the corresponding http header.
This keeps Netscape from asking the user to reload the document
when the content-type differs between the http header and the
meta http-equiv.

This can also be used to set http headers. When running under mod_perl
http-headers can also be set by the function B<header_out>

    Example of how to set a http header:

    <META HTTP-EQUIV="Language" CONTENT="DE">

    This is the same as using the Apache function

    [- $req_rec -> header_out("Language" => "DE"); -]


=item B<A>, B<EMBED>, B<IMG>, B<IFRAME>, B<FRAME>, B<LAYER>

The output of perl blocks inside the C<HREF> attribute of the C<A> Tags and the
C<SRC> attribute of the other Tags are URL escaped instead of HTML escaped.
(see also L<$escmode>). Also, when inside such a URL, I<Embperl> expands array and hash references
to URL parameter syntax. Example:

  [-
  $A = { A => 1, B => 2 } ;  # Hashreference
  @A = (X, 9, Y, 8, Z, 7)
  -]

  <A HREF="http://localhost/tests?[+ $A  +]">  
  <A HREF="http://localhost/tests?[+ \@A +]">

is expanded by I<Embperl> to

  <A HREF="http://localhost/tests?A=1&amp;B=2">
  <A HREF="http://localhost/tests?X=9&amp;Y=8&Z=7">

=back


=head1 Variable scope and cleanup

The scope of a variable declared with B<my> or B<local> ends at the
end of the enclosing [+/- ... -/+] block; the [+/- ... -/+] blocks act
much like Perl's { ... } in that regard.

Global variables (everything not declared with B<my> or B<local>) will
be undef'ed at the end of each request, so you don't need to worry
about any old variables laying around and causing suspicious results.
This is only done for variables in the package the code is eval'ed in --
every variable that does not have an explicit package name.  All
variables with an explicit package name (i.e., in modules you use)
will stay valid until the httpd child process dies.  Embperl will
change the current package to a unique name for every document, so the
influence between different documents is kept to a minimum.  You can
set the name of the package with B<EMBPERL_PACKAGE>. (See also 
L<"(Safe-)Namespaces and opcode restrictions">.)

Since a CGI script is always a process of its own, you don't need to
worry about that when you use Embperl as a CGI script.

If you need to declare variables which need to live longer than just one 
HTTP request (for example, a database handle), you must either put it's
name in the hash C<%CLEANUP> or declare them in 
another package (i.e., $Persistent::handle instead of $handle).

If you want to use the strict pragma, you can do this by using the B<var> metacommand to
declare your variables.


C<NOTE:> Bacause Apache::DBI has its own namespace, this module will
work together with Embperl to maintain your persistent database
connection.

You can disable the automatic cleanup of global variables with
B<EMBPERL_OPTIONS> or the B<cleanup> parameter of the B<Execute>
function.

You can define exceptions to the cleanup rule with the hash B<%CLEANUP>.

If you like to do your own cleanup you can define a subroutine B<CLEANUP>
in your document. This will be called right before the variables are 
cleaned up, but after the connection to the client is closed.

 EXAMPLE:

  [! sub CLEANUP { close FH ; } !]




=head1 Predefined variables

Embperl has some special variables which have a predefined meaning.

=head2 %ENV

Contains the environment as seen from a CGI script.

=head2 $epreq

Contains a reference to the Embperl request object. This is the same
as adding C<$epreq = shift> at the top of each page.

=head2 $epapp

Contains a reference to the Embperl application object. This is the same
as C<$epreq -> app> would return.


=head2 %fdat

Contains all the form data sent to the script by the calling form.
The NAME attribute builds the key and the VALUE attribute is used as
the hash value.  Embperl doesn't care if it is called with the GET or
POST method, but there may be restrictions on the length of parameters
using GET -- not from Embperl, but perhaps from the web server,
especially if you're using Embperl's CGI mode -- it is safer to use
POST.

If multiple fields with the same name are sent to a Embperl page, they will 
put in the same hash element and separated be tabs. You can split it up in 
an array, by writing:

  @array = split (/\t/, $fdat{'fieldname'}) ;

Embperl also supports ENCTYPE multipart/form-data, which is used for
file uploads.  The entry in %fdat corresponding to the file field will
be a filehandle, as with CGI.pm.  (Embperl uses CGI.pm internally to
process forms encoded with multipart/form-data.)

File upload example:

  HTML page:

    <FORM METHOD="POST" ENCTYPE="multipart/form-data">
      <INPUT TYPE="FILE" NAME="ImageName">
    </FORM>

  Embperl ACTION:

    [- if (defined $fdat{ImageName}) {
         open FILE, "> /tmp/file.$$";
	 print FILE $buffer
           while read($fdat{ImageName}, $buffer, 32768);
         close FILE;
       }
    -]
	

When you have installed CGI.pm 2.46 or above, you may also retrieve the 
filename (local filename, as it was on the browser side) and the information
provided by the CGI.pm uploadInfo function. To get the filename, simply print out
the value of the corresponding %fdat entry, instead of using it as a filehandle.
To get the B<uploadInfo> use the fieldname with a dash in front of it:

  Example:

  # ImageName is the NAME of the field, you must replace it with whatever 
  # name is given in your HTML code
  Filename:      [+ $fdat{ImageName} +] <br>
  Content-Type:  [+ $fdat{-ImageName} -> {'Content-Type'} +] <br>

B<NOTE:> The way B<uploadInfos> are accessed before 1.2b11 is not supported
anymore.

B<NOTE:> This works the other
way as well: any input fields with names that are
%fdat keys, and without values, will have their values automatically set to
the appropriate %fdat value. See L<"HTML Tags"> C<INPUT/OPTION/TEXTAREA>. 

=head2 @ffld

Contains all the field names in the order in which they were sent by
the browser.  This is normally -- but not necessarily -- the order in
which they appear in your form.

=head2 %idat

Contains all the values from all input tags processed so far.

=head2 %udat (only 1.2b1 or higher)

You can use B<%udat> to store per user data. As long as you don't use %udat, nothing
happens, but as soon as you write anything to %udat, Embperl creates a session id and
sends it via a cookie to the browser. The data you have written to %udat is stored by
Apache::Session. The next time the same user request an Embperl page, the browser sends
the cookie with the session id back and Embperl fills the %udat hash from Apache::Session
with the same values as you have stored for that user. (See also L<"Session handling">)

=head2 %mdat (only 1.2b2 or higher)

You can use B<%mdat> to store per module/page data. As long as you don't use %mdat, nothing
happens, but as soon as you write anything to %mdat, Embperl creates a session id and
stores the data via Apache::Session. The next time any user hits the same Embperl page,
Embperl fill the %mdat hash from Apache::Session with the same values as you have
stored within the last request to that page. (See also L<"Session handling">)

=head2 $row, $col

Row and column counts for use in dynamic tables.  
(See L<"HTML tag table"|"HTML Tags">.)

=head2 $maxrow, $maxcol

Maximum number of rows or columns to display in a table. To prevent
endless loops, $maxrow defaults to 100 and $maxcol to 10.
(See L<"HTML tag table"|"HTML Tags">.)

=head2 $cnt

Contains the number of table cells displayed so far.
(See L<"HTML tag table"|"HTML Tags">.)

=head2 $tabmode

Determines how the end of a dynamic table is detected. Tables are always 
limited to the size specified in $maxrow and $maxcol, but can be ended early 
when the row ($row) and column ($col) variables become undefined. $tabmode operates as 
follows:

=over 4

=item B<$tabmode = 1>

End table looping when any one of the expressions in the table row
using $row returns undefined. The row
containing the undefined expression is B<not> displayed. Only those
expressions are observed which contain an access to the variable $row.

=item B<$tabmode = 2>

End when an expression with $row becomes undefined.  The row
containing the undefined expression B<is> displayed.

=item B<$tabmode = 4>

End when $maxrow rows have been displayed.

=back

B<end of row>

=over 4

=item B<$tabmode = 16>

End table column looping when any one of the expressions in the table column
using $col returns undefined. 
The column
containing the undefined expression is B<not> displayed.  Only those
expressions are observed which contain an access to the variable $col.

=item B<$tabmode = 32>

End when an expression with $col becomes undefined.  The column
containing the undefined expression B<is> displayed.

=item B<$tabmode = 64>

End when $maxcol columns have been displayed.

=back

The default is B<17>, which is correct for all sort of arrays.  You
should rarely need to change it.  The two values can be added
together.

=head2 $escmode

Turn HTML and URL escaping on and off.  The default is on ($escmode =
3).

B<NOTE:> Normaly you can disable escaping by preceding the item that
normally is escaped with a backslash. While this is a handy thing, it could
be very dangerous in situations, where content that is inserted by some
user is redisplayed, because they can enter arbitrary HTML and preceed them
with a backslash to avoid correct escaping when their input is redisplayed
again. To avoid this problem, add 4 to the values below. This will cause
Embperl to ignore the backslash when it does output escaping at all.
(only 1.3b4 and above)

B<NOTE 2:> If you want to output binary data, you must set the escmode
to zero. (only 1.3b6 and above)


=over 4

=item B<$escmode = 8 (or 15)> (2.0b4 and above)

The result of a Perl expression is always XML-escaped (e.g., `>'
becomes `&gt;' and ' become &apos;).

=item B<$escmode = 3 (or 7)>

The result of a Perl expression is HTML-escaped (e.g., `>' becomes
`&gt;') in normal text and URL-escaped (e.g., `&' becomes `%26')
within of C<A>, C<EMBED>, C<IMG>, C<IFRAME>, C<FRAME> and C<LAYER> tags.

=item B<$escmode = 2 (or 6)>

The result of a Perl expression is always URL-escaped (e.g., `&'
becomes `%26').

=item B<$escmode = 1 (or 5)>

The result of a Perl expression is always HTML-escaped (e.g., `>'
becomes `&gt;').

=item B<$escmode = 0>

No escaping takes place.

=back

B<SEE ALSO:> Configuration directive EMBPERL_INPUT_ESCMODE (was optRawInput in Embperl 1.3.x)



=head2 $req_rec

This variable is only available when running under control of
mod_perl.  It contains the request record needed to access the Apache
server API.  See B<perldoc Apache> for more information.

=head2 LOG

This is the filehandle of the Embperl logfile.  By writing `print LOG
"something"' you can add lines to the logfile.  NOTE: The logfile line
should always start with the pid of the current process and continue
with a four-character signature delimited by a ':', which specifies
the log reason.

Example: print LOG "[$$]ABCD: your text\n" ;

If you are writing a module for use under Embperl you can say

    tie *LOG, 'Embperl::Log';

to get a handle by which you can write to the Embperl logfile.

=head2 OUT

This filehandle is tied to Embperl's output stream. Printing to it has the same effect
as using the [+ ... +] block. (See also L<optRedirectStdout|"EMBPERL_OPTIONS">)

=head2 @param

Will be setup by the B<'param'> parameter of the B<Execute> function. Could be used
to pass parameters to an Embperl document and back. (see 
L<Execute|"By calling Embperl::Execute">
for further docs)

=head2 %http_headers_out (only 1.2b10 and above)

You can put any http headers you want to send into this hash. 

If you set a location header,
Embperl will automatically set the status to 301 (Redirect). Example:

  [- $http_headers_out{'Location'} = "http://www.ecos.de/embperl/" -]

however, it is possible to specify a two element array for Location, the second
element of which gives the desired HTTP status:

  [- $http_headers_out{Location} = [ "http://www.ecos.de/embperl/", 303 ]; -]

Starting with version 1.3.2 all headers with the exception of
"Content-Type" can take multiple values.
For instance, if you wanted to set two cookies, you can proceed as follows:

  [- $http_headers_out{'Set-Cookie'} = 
      ['name=cook1;value=2;','name=cook2;value=b'] ; -]

If you supply multiple values for "Location" or "Content-Type" via an array
reference, then Embperl will simply use the first in the list.  Empty arrays
will be ignored.  For instance, the following will neither change the status
to 301 nor create a Location: line in the HTTP headers:

  [- $http_headers_out{'Location'} = [] ; -]


see also META HTTP-EQUIV=

=head2 $optXXX $dbgXXX

All options (see L<"EMBPERL_OPTIONS">) and all debugging flags (see L<"EMBPERL_DEBUG">) can
be read and most of them can be set by the corresponding variables. See L<"perldoc Config"|"Config.pod">.

  Example:

    [- $dbgInput = 1 -] 
    

    [- $dbgInput = 0 -] 


    [+ $dbgCmd +] # Output the state of the dbgCmd flag





=head2 %CLEANUP

Embperl cleanups up only variables with are defined within the Embperl page. If you want Embperl 
to cleanup additional variables you can add them to the hash %CLEANUP, with the key set to the
variable name and the value set to one. The other way you could prevent Embperl from cleaning
up some variables, is by adding them to this hash, with values of zero.

=head2 %CLEANUPFILE (1.2b6+)

Same purpose as C<%CLEANUP>, but you may add filenames. All variables defined inside that file
will be cleaned up.

=head1 Session handling

From 1.2b1 and higher Embperl is able to handle per user sessions for you. You
can store any data in the L<%udat> hash and if the same user requests an
Embperl document again, you will see the same values in that hash again. 

From 1.2b2 and higher Embperl is able to handle per module/page persistent data
for you. You can store any data in the L<%mdat> hash and if any request comes
to the same Embperl document, you will see the same values in that hash again. 

Session handling has changed from 1.3.3 to 1.3.4 and 2.0b3 to 2.0b4. You must either
install Apache::SessionX or set

    PerlSetEnv EMBPERL_SESSION_HANDLER_CLASS "Embperl::Session"

to get the old behaviour. If you have Apache::SessionX installed, you
don't have to make addtional configuration, otherwise you must do the following
things. You are also able to override the Apache::SessionX defaults, by
using the following parameters:

To configure I<Embperl> to do session management for you, you must
have installed I<Apache::Session> (B<1.53 or higher>) and tell Embperl which
storage and locker classes you would like to use for
I<Apache::Session>. This is done by setting the environment variable 
C<EMBPERL_SESSION_CLASSES>.
If you want to use a MySQL database for storing your sessions, you may have a
B<startup.pl> for your httpd which looks like this:

 BEGIN
    {
    $ENV{EMBPERL_SESSION_CLASSES} = "MySQL Semaphore" ;
    $ENV{EMBPERL_SESSION_ARGS}    = "DataSource=dbi:mysql:session UserName=test" ;
    } ;

 use Embperl ;


or you may put this in the httpd/srm.conf:

 PerlSetEnv EMBPERL_SESSION_CLASSES "MySQL Semaphore"
 PerlSetEnv EMBPERL_SESSION_ARGS "DataSource=dbi:mysql:session UserName=test"
 PerlModule Embperl ;


Refer to the I<Apache::Session> docs (e.g. I<Apache::Session::Store::MySQL>) on how
to setup your database tables.

C<EMBPERL_SESSION_ARGS> is a space separated list of name/value pairs, which gives
additional arguments for Apache::Session classes.

Here is an example for using a filesystem based storage:

PerlSetEnv EMBPERL_SESSION_CLASSES "File Semaphore"
PerlSetEnv EMBPERL_SESSION_ARGS "Directory=/path/to/your/sessions"

Refer to the I<Apache::Session> docs to find out which other storage/locker methods are available.

C<EMBPERL_SESSION_CLASSES> can (optionally) take two more classnames, which specify
 the class for serialization (Default: C<Storable>) and for generating the id
(Default: C<MD5>).

B<NOTE:> The above configuration works only with I<Apache::Session> 1.52 and I<Embperl> 1.3b5
or above. Older versions of Embperl only support I<Apache::Session> 1.0x, which has
different parameters for C<EMBPERL_SESSION_CLASSES> 
(e.g. C<$ENV{EMBPERL_SESSION_CLASSES} = "DBIStore SysVSemaphoreLocker" ; >)
I<Apache::Session> 1.0x still works with this Embperl version.


Now you are able to use the %udat and %mdat hashes for your user/module sessions. As long as you
don't touch %udat or %mdat, 
Embperl will not create any session, and Apache::Session is not loaded. As soon as you store any
value to %udat, Embperl will create a new session and send a cookie to the browser to maintain
its id, while the data is stored by Apache::Session. (Further version may also be able to use
URL rewriting for storing the id).
When you modify %mdat, Embperl will store the data via Apache::Session and retrieve it
when the next request comes to the same page.


=head2 Functions/Methods for session handling

=head2 Embperl::Req::SetupSession ($req_rec, $uid, $sid, $app_param)  [1.3b6+]


This can be used from a script that will later call L<Embperl::Execute|Execute> to
preset the session so it's available to the calling script. 

=over 4

=item $req_rec

Apache request record when running under mod_perl, C<undef> otherwise.

=item $uid

Session ID of the user session. If not given it is taken from the session cookie or 
out of the query_string. 

=item $sid

Session ID of the state session. If not given it is taken
out of the query_string. 

=item $app_param

SetupSession tries to figure out the correct Application object for this
request, in case this is not possible you can pass parameters for the
Application object as a hash ref. To pass the name of the application object
to use, try to pass:

  { appname => 'myappname' }


=back

Returns a reference to L<%udat> or, if call in an array context, a reference to L<%udat>
L<%mdat> and L<%sdat>. See also C<CleanupSession>.

=head2 Embperl::Req::GetSession / $r -> GetSession [1.3b6+]

Returns a reference to L<%udat> or, if called in an array context, a reference to L<%udat>
and L<%mdat>. This could be used by modules that are called from inside an Embperl page,
where the session management is already setup. If called as a method C<$r> must be 
a Embperl::Req object, which is passed as first parameter to every Embperl page in @_ .

=head2 Embperl::Req::CleanupSession ($req_rec, $app_param) [1.3b6+]

Must be called at the end of a script by scripts that use C<SetupSession>,
but do not call L<Embperl::Execute|Execute>.

=over 4

=item $req_rec

Apache request record when running under mod_perl, C<undef> otherwise.

=item $app_param

CleanupSession tries to figure out the correct Application object for this
request, in case this is not possible you can pass parameters for the
Application object as a hash ref. To pass the name of the application object
to use, try to pass:

  { appname => 'myappname' }


=back



=head2 Embperl::Req::DeleteSession / $r -> DeleteSession [1.3b6+]

Deletes the session data and removes the cookie from the browser.
If called as a method C<$r> must be 
a Embperl::Req object, which is passed as first parameter to every Embperl page in @_ .

=head2 Embperl::Req::RefreshSession / $r -> RefreshSession [1.3b6+]

Triggers a resend of the cookie. Normaly the cookie is only send the first time.
If called as a method C<$r> must be 
a Embperl::Req object, which is passed as first parameter to every Embperl page in @_ .

=head2 Embperl::Req::SetSessionCookie  ($req_rec, $app_param)  [1.3b7+]


Must be called by scripts that use C<SetupSession>,
but do not call L<Embperl::Execute|Execute>. This is necessary to set the cookie
for the user session id, in case a new session is created, which is normally done by
L<Embperl::Execute|Execute>. 

SetSessionCookie does only set the cookie for the user session and it works only
when running under mod_perl. It does B<not> set session id if no cookies are used.
Also it does not care about the state session.

=over 4

=item $req_rec

Apache request record when running under mod_perl, C<undef> otherwise.

=item $app_param

SetupSessionCookie tries to figure out the correct Application object for this
request, in case this is not possible you can pass parameters for the
Application object as a hash ref. To pass the name of the application object
to use, try to pass:

  { appname => 'myappname' }


=back



=head1 Recipes


Starting with 2.0b4 Embperl introduces the concept of recipes. A recipe basically
tells Embperl how a component should be build. While before 2.0b4 you could 
have only one processor that works on the request (the Embperl processor -
you're also able to define different syntaxes), now you can have multiple of them
arranged in a pipeline or even a tree. While you are able to give the full
recipe when calling Execute, this is not very convenient, so normally you
will only give the name of a recipe, either as parameter 'recipe' to
Execute or as EMBPERL_RECIPE in your httpd.conf. Of course you can have
different recipes for different locations and/or files. A recipe is constructed
out of providers. A provider can either be read from some source or do some
processing on a source. There is no restriction on what sort of data a provider
has as in- and output - you just have to make sure that output format of
a provider matches the input format of the next provider. In the current 
implementation Embperl comes with a set of built-in providers:

=over 4

=item file

read file data

=item memory

get data from a scalar

=item epparse

parse file into a Embperl tree structure

=item epcompile

compile Embperl tree structure

=item eprun

execute Embperl tree structure

=item eptostring

convert Embperl tree structure to string

=item libxslt-parse-xml

parse xml source for libxslt

=item libxslt-compile-xsl

parse and compile stylesheet for libxslt

=item libxslt

do an xsl transformation via libxslt

=item xalan-parse-xml

parse xml source for xalan

=item xalan-compile-xsl

parse and compile stylesheet for xalan

=item xalan

do an xsl transformation via xalan

=back

There is a C interface, so new custom providers can be written, but what makes it
really useful is that the next release of Embperl will contain a
Perl interface, so you can write your own providers in Perl.

The default recipe is named Embperl and contains the following providers:

    +-----------+
    + file      +
    +-----------+
          |
          v
    +-----------+
    + epparse   +
    +-----------+
          |
          v
    +-----------+
    + epcompile +
    +-----------+
          |
          v
    +-----------+
    + eprun     +
    +-----------+

This cause Embperl to behave like it has done in the past, when no
recipes existed.

Each intermediate result could be cached. So for example you are able
to cache the already parsed XML or compiled stylesheet in memory,
without the need to reparse/recompile it over and over again.

Another nice thing about recipes is that they are not static. A recipe
is defined by a recipe object. When a request comes in, Embperl calls
the get_recipe method of the application object, which by default
calls the get_recipe of the named recipe object, which should return a array
that describes what Embperl has to do. The get_recipe methods can of course
build the array dynamically, looking, for example, at the request parameters
like filename, formvalues, mime type or whatever. For example if you
give a scalar as input the Embperl recipe replaces the file provider
with a memory provider. Additionally you can specify more then one
recipe (separated by spaces). Embperl will call all the new methods in
turn until the first one that returns undef. This way you can create recipes
that are known for what they are responsible. One possibility would be
to check the file extension and only return the recipe if it matches.
Much more sophisticated things are possible...

See perldoc Embperl::Recipe for how to create your own provider.

=head1 XML, XSLT

As mentioned above, Embperl now contains a provider for doing XSLT transformations.
More XML will come in the next releases. The easiest thing is to use the XSLT
stuff thru the predefined recipes:


=over 4

=item EmbperlLibXSLT

the result of Embperl will run thru the Gone libxslt

=item EmbperlXalanXSLT

the result of Embperl will run thru Xalan-C

=item EmbperlXSLT

the result of Embperl will run thru the XSL transformer
given by xsltproc or EMBPERL_XSLTPROC

=item LibXSLT

run source thru the Gone libxslt

=item XalanXSLT

run source thru Xalan-C

=item XSLT

run source thru the XSL transformer given by xsltproc or 

=item EMBPERL_XSLTPROC

=back

For example, including the result of an XSLT 
transformation into your html page could look like this:


    <html><head><title>Include XML via XSLT</title></head>
    <body>

    <h1>Start xml</h1>
    [- Execute ({inputfile => 'foo.xml', recipe => 'EmbperlXalanXSLT', xsltstylesheet => 'foo.xsl'}) ; -]
    <h1>END</h1>

    </body>
    </html>

As you already guessed, the xsltstylesheet parameter gives the name of the xsl 
file. You can also use the EMBPERL_XSLTSTYLESHEET configuration directive
to set it from your configuration file.

By setting EMBPERL_ESCMODE (or $escmode) to 15 you get the correct escaping
for XML.


=head1 Form Validation

Embperl comes with the ability to validate form data. Rules can be defined how the
data from forms should be validated. This done by the module L<Embperl::Form::Validate|EmbperlFormValidate.pod>.
This module is able to do client side verification by generation JavaScript code 
and server side verification by providing a Perl method to validate the data.
Embperl::Form::Validate comes with a lot of standard tests and you can extent it
by providing your own test classes, which can inherit from the shiped test classes.

For further details see perldoc L<Embperl::Form::Validate|EmbperlFormValidate.pod>.


=head1 Caching

Embperl caches a lot of intermediate results by default to speed up generation of pages. 
(For example compiled Perl code and compiled XSLT templates)

With Embperl is also possible to cache the output of pages or components. This is controlled
by parameters passed to the providers via recipes or as configuration directives inside
the page, passed to Execute or in your httpd.conf.

See Emperl_Cache_* and Embperl_Expires_* in L<Config.pod>.


=head1 Internationalisation (I18N)

Starting with 2.0b6 Embperl has buildin support for multi-language applications.
There are two things to do. First inside your pages marks which parts are translateable,
by using the [= =]. Inside the [= =] blocks you could either put id, which are symbolic
names for the text, or you put the text in your primary lanaguage inside the blocks.
An example code could look like:

[= heading =]

<input name="foo" value="[=bar=]" type="submit">

Now you run the embpmsgid.pl utility, which extracts all the ids from your page:

    perl embpmsgid.pl -l de -l en -d msg.pl foo.htm

This will create a file msg.pl which contains empty definitions for 'en' and 'de'
with all the ids found in the page. If the file msg.pl already exists, the definitions
are added. You can give more then one filename to the commandline. The format of the 
msg.pl file is written with Data::Dumper, so it can be easily read in via 'do' and 
postprocessed. As next step fill the empty definition with the correct translation.
The last thing to do, is tell Embperl which language set to use. You do this inside
the init method of the application object. Create an application object, which reads
in the message and when the init method is called, pass the correct one to Embperl.
There are tow methods $r -> message and $r -> default_message. Both returns a array
ref on which you can push your message hashs. Embperl consults first the message array
and if not found afterwards the default_message array for the correct message.
Because both are arrays you can push multiple message sets on it. This is handy when
your application object calls it's base class, which also may define some messages.
Starting with version 2.3.0 it is also possible, to add a code ref instead of a
hash ref to the arrays. The code is than called with the key as argument and
must return the translated text.

Here is an example:


    package My::App ; 

    @ISA = ('Embperl::App') ;

    %messages =
        (
        'de' =>
            {
            'heading' => '\[:U]berschrift',
            'bar'     => 'Absenden',
            },
        'en' =>
            {
            'heading' => 'Heading',
            'bar'     => 'Submit',
            },
        ) ;

    sub init
        {
        my $self = shift ;
        my $r = $self -> curr_req ;

        $lang = $r -> param -> language || 'de' ;
        push @{$r -> messages}, $messages{$lang} ;
        push @{$r -> default_messages}, $messages{'en'} if ($lang ne 'en') ;
        }

    # Code ref works too...
    @{$r -> messages} = (\&ecos::I18L::translate::gettext) ;

    # and gettext is defined as
    sub gettext 
	{
	my ($key) = @_ ;

	return "translated text" ;
	}


	

    1 ;


Just load this package and set EMBPERL_APP_HANDLER_CLASS to My::App, then 
Embperl will call the init method on the start of the request.

If you are using Embperl::Object, you may instead save it as a file in your
document hiearchie make the filename know to Embperl::Object with the 
EMBPERL_OBJECT_APP directive and Embperl::Object will retrieve the correct
application file, just in the same way it retrieves other files.

NOTE: When using with Embperl::Object, don't make a package declaration at
the top of your application object, Embperl::Object assign it's own namespace
to the application object.

In case you need to retrieve a text inside your Perl code, you can do this
with $r -> gettext('bar')

=head1 Encoding/UTF-8

Requires Embperl 2.1.0 and up.

I<Embperl> tries to do the right thing to handle ISO-8859-1 and UTF-8
out of the box. There are three places where encoding comes into places:

=over 4

=item Posted form data

=item Output escaping

=item Source code

=back

While the first two things are handled by Embperl itself, the third item is
currently left to handle by Perl.

Perl carries for each string value a flag that tells if the string
is UTF-8 or not. Embperl uses this flag.

Posted form data is examined. If a string contains valid UTF-8 
characters Perl's internal UTF-8 flag is set. You can disable
setting the UTF-8 flag by setting C<optFormDataNoUtf8> in C<EMBPERL_OPTIONS>.

Output escaping is done based on the UTF-8 flag. In case the UTF-8
flags is set characters above 127 are not escaped. To get the
correct appearance in your browser you also have to specify the
encoding as UTF-8 in your content-type http header.

If the UTF-8 flag is not set the output escaping is done based on the
setting of C<EMBPERL_OUTPUT_ESC_CHARSET>, which defaults to
ISO-8859-1 (latin1). ISO-8859-2 (latin2) is also selectable.

If you wish to have your Perl source code in UTF-8, you have to
add a C<use utf8;> at the top of each page.

Please note that not all modules sets Perl's internal UTF-8 flag
correctly. At the time of this writing for example
DBI and Net::LDAP does not set this flag. You have to correct
it manualy, for example by using C<Encode::_utf8_on>.
 


=head1 Error trapping

When an error occurs inside an Embperl page, Embperl will display an error page,
containing the error message.

Sometimes you want to have a different behaviour. One possibility is to let
Apache display a custom error page (of course only when you run under mod_perl).

To get this working you need to set the option C<optReturnError> (262144)
in your httpd.conf in the C<EMBPERL_OPTIONS> directive.

With this option set, Embperl sends no output in case of an error.
It returns the error back to Apache or the calling program. When running
under mod_perl this gives you the chance to use the Apache I<ErrorDocument>
directive to show a custom error-document. Inside the ErrorDocument
you can retrieve the error messages with

  $errors = $req_rec -> prev -> pnotes('EMBPERL_ERRORS') ;

where C<$errors> is a array reference.

If you want to trap exceptions in a Embperl document, that you call via Execute,
you can do this by passing an array to Execute, which receives all error/warning 
messages and/or all error objects.

    [-
    Execute ({inputfile => 'foo.epl', errors => \@errors}) ;
    -]
    
    [$if @errors$]
        The following errors had occured:<br>
        [$foreach $err (@errors)$]
            [+ $err +]<br>         
        [$endforeach$]
    [$endif$]


In case you call C<die> inside the executed page and pass an object (or a reference) 
to C<die> instead of a string this will also show up in @errors. The last object 
passed to C<die> is also available via C<$epreq -> errobj>.

C<$epreq -> error> can be used to test if an error occured so far during the
current request. You can also set C<$epreq -> error> to false to reset Embperl's
internal error condition.

If the option C<optReturnError> or an error array is passed to a component
the error flag is reset after the execution of component.

If an error array is passed to a component, the errors inside the component are 
not added to the overall
errors of the request and therefore will not cause Embperl to display an error page.

An more seldom used option is C<optDisableEmbperlErrorPage> (2), which tells
tells Embperl not to send its own errorpage in case of failure,
but instead show as much of the page as possible. Errors are only logged
to the log file.


=head1 Utility Functions


=head2 MailFormTo($MailTo, $Subject, $ReturnField)

Sends the content of the hash %fdat in the order specified by @Z<>ffld to
the given B<$MailTo> addressee, with a subject of B<$Subject>.
If you specify $ReturnField the value of that formfield will be used
as B<Return-Path>. Usually, this will be the field where the user enters his
e-mail address in the form.

If you specifiy the following example code as the action in your form

  <FORM ACTION="x/feedback.htm" METHOD="POST"
        ENCTYPE="application/x-www-form-urlencoded">

The content of the form will be mailed to the given e-mail address.

MailFormTo uses L<"EMBPERL_MAILHOST"> as SMTP server or B<localhost>
if non given.

Example:

 <HTML>
 <HEAD>
 <TITLE>Feedback</TITLE>
 </HEAD>
 <BODY>
        [- MailFormTo('webmaster@domain.xy',
                      'Mail from WWW Form', 'email') -]
        Your data has been successfully sent!
 </BODY>
 </HTML>

This will send an email with all the form fields to webmaster@domain.xy, with the
Subject 'Mail from WWW Form' and will set the Return-Path of the mail to the
address which was entered in the field with the name 'email'.

B<NOTE:> You must have Net::SMTP (from the libnet package) installed
to use this function.

=head2 exit

B<exit> will override the normal Perl exit in every Embperl document. Calling
exit will immediately stop any further processing of that file and send the
already-done work to the output/browser. 

B<NOTE 1:> If you are inside of an Execute, Embperl will only exit this Execute, but 
the file which called the file containing the exit with Execute will continue.
 
B<NOTE 2:> If you called exit with an argument it exits the whole request e.g. exit (200).

B<NOTE 3:> If you write a module which should work with Embperl under mod_perl, 
you must use Apache::exit instead of the normal Perl exit (as always 
when running under mod_perl).


=head1 Performance

To get the best performace from Embperl, it is necessary to restrict
logging to a minimum.  You can drastically slow down Embperl if you
enable all logging options.  (This is why `make test' takes a while to
run.)  You should B<never> enable B<dbgFlushOutput> or B<dbgFlushLog>
 in a production environment.  More debugging
options are useful for development where it doesn't matter if the
request takes a little bit longer, but on a heavily-loaded server they
should be disabled.

Preloading of page can save memory, because preloaded page can be 
shared between child processes. See L<"perldoc Config"|"Config.pod">
for more details.

Also take a look at B<mod_perl_tuning.pod> for general ideas about
performance.


=head1 Bugs

None known.

=head1 Compatibility

I have tested Embperl successfully

=head2 on Linux 2.x/3.x with

=over 4

=item perl5.005_03, 5.6.x, 5.8.x, 5.10.x, 5.12.x, 5.14.x, 5.16.x, 5.18.x

=item apache_1.3.0 - apache_1.3.31, apache 2.0.x, apache 2.2.x, apache 2.4.x

=item apache_ssl (Ben SSL)

=item Stronghold 2.2

=item Stronghold 2.4.1

=item Apache_1.3.x with mod_ssl 2.x.x

=back

I know from other people that it works on many other UNIX systems

=head2 on Windows NT 4.0 with

=over 4

=item perl5.004_04

=item perl5.005

=item perl5.6.1

=item perl5.8.x

=item apache_1.3.0 - apache_1.3.31

=back

=head2 on Windows 95/98 with

=over 4

=item perl5.004_02 (binary distribution, only Offline Mode)

=item perl5.005_02 + apache_1.3.6


=back

=head1 Support

=head2 Feedback and Bug Reports

Please let me know if you use or test this module.  Bugs, questions,
suggestions for things you would find useful, etc., are discussed on
the Embperl mailing list. If you have a site that is using Embperl,
I would love to mention it in list of sites using Embperl. Please drop
me a mail with a short description, if your site uses Embperl.


The Embperl mailing list (embperl@perl.apache.org) is available for Embperl users
and developers to share ideas, solve problems and discuss things related to Embperl
To subscribe to this list, send mail to embperl-subscribe@perl.apache.org.
To unsubscribe send email to embperl-unsubscribe@perl.apache.org . 

There is an archive for the Embperl mailing list at 
http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/perl-embperl

For mod_perl related questions you may search the mod_perl mailing list
archive at http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/perl-modperl


=head2 Commerical Support

You can get free support on the Embperl mailing list (see above).  If
you need commercial support, ecos can provide it for you. We offer:

=over 4

=item * Consulting and assistance for you and your programmers

=item * Planning of your dynamic website

=item * Creating of parts or a whole website

=item * Fixing bugs in Embperl (also available for mod_perl)

=item * Adding new features

=back

You can reach us via http://www.ecos.de or info@ecos.de 


=head2 How to Support the Development of Embperl

If you use and like Embperl and want to support it's ongoing development
you have two possibilities:

=over 4

=item 1 

Send me patches for things you like to see in Embperl

=item 2

Donate money to Embperl. See http://perl.apache.org/donate.htm

=item 3

Buy commercial support (see above). Also you B<may> get the same answers
to your questions on the mailing list, by buying the commercial support
you not only buy support for yourself and can be sure you get an answer,
you also give us the possibility to put more power in the further
development of Embperl.

=back


=head1 Links and Download

=head2 Information

mod_perl                http://perl.apache.org/

Embperl                 http://perl.apache.org/embperl/

Embperl (german)        http://www.ecos.de/embperl/

DBIx::Recordset	        http://search.cpan.org/~grichter/

Apache web server       http://www.apache.org/

=head2 Download

mod_perl                http://perl.apache.org/dist/

Apache Perl Modules     http://www.perl.com/CPAN/modules/by-module/Apache/

Embperl                 http://www.embperl.org/downloads

DBIx::Recordset	        http://search.cpan.org/~grichter/

PPM for ActiveState  

- Perl 5.6.x            http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/ppmpackages/

- Perl 5.8.x            http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/ppms

B<Informations on how to install Embperl can be found in> L<INSTALL.pod>

=head2 SVN

The latest developments are available via SVN.
Look at L<"perldoc SVN.pod"|SVN.pod> for a detailed description.


=head1 Syntaxmodes for various editors

=head2 Emacs

From: Erik Arneson [erik@mind.net]

Here's the amount of documentation I've got right now.

They need to get mmm.el from this URL:
http://mmm-mode.sourceforge.net/

Then download my mmm-embperl.el from this one:
http://www.aarg.net/erik/mmm-embperl.el

The documentation for using these is included in those two elisp files.

=head2 VIM

Vim Syntaxfile for Vim 5.x & 6.x from Lukas Zapletal with syntax highliting for JavaScript, VBScript,
Perl+Embperl, CSS and HTML, yellow background for Perl`s code (like M$ Interdev) and
working Perl folding can be found at
http://vim.sourceforge.net/script.php?script_id=61 

Vim Syntaxfile from Steve Willer can be found at http://www.interlog.com/~willer/embperl.vim

Vim Syntaxfile from Kee Hinckley can be found at http://www.somewhere.com/software/

=head2 Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver extension which tells Dreamweaver not to touch Embperl code can 
be found at http://www.somewhere.com/software/


=head1 AUTHOR

G. Richter (richter at embperl dot org)


=head1 SEE ALSO

perl(1), mod_perl, Apache httpd