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As a web designer with specific interest in astronomy, I have prepared this
reference site to try and demonstrate some possibilities of online astronomy.
Since pure HTML web pages are incapable of interactivity, scripting languages
upon user provided parameters, such as geographical coordinates and time information.
and executed on your computer. These three languages are similiar to the C syntax.
The work horse for this site is an extensive Perl library containing subroutines which are called by
individual interface scripts, such as the star chart, solar system ephemerides and the moon calendar scripts.
Perl executes extremely fast on the server. For instance, a star chart is plotted and returned in a second or two, depending on your online speed.
This tremendous speed also qualifies Perl for searching huge databases, such as the NGC deepsky and Hipparcos Star Catalogs.
The examples presented on this site demonstrate to what extend Astropical Web Design
can help construct a web site for astronomy clubs, observatories,
magazines and other astronomical facilities. Please stay tuned.