The full syntax of a Vortex URL is (optional parts in
/cgi-bin/texis is the CGI path of the Vortex executable (if
CGI mapping by directory).
/myVortexScript is the
ScriptRoot-relative) path of the Vortex script. It must not
contain any path elements that begin with a
+ sign (due to possible
confusion with other parts of the URL syntax).
In versions prior to version 6, it should not contain a file
extension. In version 6 and later, the Vortex source (
or object (
.vsc) extensions may be present (e.g. for CGI mapping
by file extension).
If no script path is given, the Vortex script
index in the default database (see
here) is run, if it exists and Vortex was
invoked in the CGI environment. This allows a default script to be
run if Vortex is invoked without a path.
If the script is
EXPORTing any variables (see
here), then encoded state information may appear as
another "filename" after the script name (i.e. the
part). This information is generated automatically by the
variable (see here), which will contain all of the
URL up through and including any state information. Only the
function, MIME extension and user path, if desired, need be appended
by the programmer in scripts.
The optional function name and MIME extension come next. If these
are given, the function name becomes the start function of the script,
instead of the default
main. This makes it easier to re-enter
a script on subsequent invocations, without cluttering up
with logic to call the right function. A non URL-safe function name
(e.g. containing spaces or
/) must be URL-encoded.
.mime extension is an extension which indicates the MIME
type to set in the
Content-Type output header, e.g.
image/gif". It also provides a clue to Web browsers and
end users what type of information the URL will return: a
URL is expected to yield a GIF, etc. The default if no extension is
given is HTML.
Note that the function name and MIME extension, if given, must both be present. The MIME extension should be one of the following recognized extensions:
If the MIME extension is given but not one listed above, the
Content-Type will be "
(Note: this list can be altered in the Texis Web Server; see the
TypesConfig setting (here.)
The MIME extension
bin is special: if it is given, then no
headers are printed by Vortex. Normally, a
other HTTP headers are printed by Vortex at the start of execution.
When the MIME extension
bin is used, however, the Vortex script
is responsible for correctly printing all HTTP headers. Note that in
Vortex version 2.6.913000000 19981207 and later, the
header function (here) is preferred for
handling headers, as it is more flexible.
/userpath comes last, though it is rarely used. At the
end of the URL (i.e. after
$url and function/MIME info),
/+" followed by an arbitrary, user-defined absolute path may
be given. This path will be assigned to the special variable
$userpath at script start. This syntax provides a way to
attach an arbitrary path to the URL, much like
for ordinary CGI programs (but
$PATH_INFO has been usurped for
Vortex use). It is only used, in combination with server aliases, in
circumstances where the entire URL must truly "look" like a path.
The user path, if given, must start with "
Query-string variables may also be appended to the URL, after a
?" character. These can either be set explicitly, or
EXPORT QUERY variables with
The URL syntax is designed to keep the information it holds, i.e. script name, state information, start function and MIME type, in a logical format. To Web users viewing the URLs, everything appears as a "file tree" beneath the Vortex executable. Each function is a "file" in the "directory" of its script.