webMathematica Tutorial | Functions |

web*Mathematica* contains a large number of *Mathematica* commands that can be used inside the web*Mathematica* tags that provide useful functionality for creating web material with *Mathematica*. These are useful in various ways such as processing request parameters that are the input from a web user, formatting results, and using web features such as uploading files and HTTP sessions.

Typically, these commands are used inside of an evaluate tag; more information on these tags is found in the web*Mathematica* tags section. An example, which calculates an integral and uses the function MSPFormat to format the result into TraditionalForm, is shown below.

<msp:evaluate>

MSPFormat[ Integrate[ expr, {var, 0, Infinity}], TraditionalForm]

<msp:evaluate>

HTTP input variables are a key way to control the operation of a dynamic website. These are typically embedded in your input page with <input> tags. web*Mathematica* provides a number of functions for working with and processing input. This needs to be done carefully to avoid any security problems. The functions are summarized in the following table.

MSPBlock | secure scoping construct for HTTP input |

MSPToExpression | interpret input in a secure way |

MSPValue | return the value of an HTTP input variable |

MSPValueQ | test if an HTTP input variable has a value |

web*Mathematica* provides a number of important ways to format output for finished web pages. These include formatting into text, HTML, GIF, XML, MathML, and other formats. These are summarized in the following table.

MSPFormat | format results into text or image formats |

MSPShow | format graphics by creating an image |

MSPLive3D | format 3D graphics to allow interactive viewing |

MSPGetMessages | display any messages |

MSPGetPrintOutput | display any print output |

HTMLTableForm | format into an HTML table |

HTMLSelect | format into an HTML select |

web*Mathematica *provides a number of key functions for working with web features such as HTTP sessions and file upload. These are summarized in the following table.

MSPReturn | halt processing of the current page and return a different result |

MSPSessionVariable | scope a variable to an HTTP session |

MSPGetUploadFile | get the name of a file uploaded with the HTTP request |

MSPURLStore | store a result on the server that can be retrieved with a URL |