you want to build a perl cgi from scratch?? i dont know much about object orientated perl if thats what your after...
anyway, personally i would get it looking however you want it first, then when you test your perl script you can see how it works.
for the perl
$query = new CGI;
# start the html output
print STDOUT $query -> header();
print STDOUT $query -> start_html ( -title=> "Message board.cgi", -BGC
print STDOUT "\n<h1><align=center>PUT YOUR TITLE HERE</CENTRE></H1>\n"
# retrive info from the html form using he param function
$people = $query ->param ('people');
# do this for all your variables
# design some failsafes using perls regular expressions so that
# if nothing has been entered in the message box they get a warning
if ($message !~/\w+/)
print STDOUT "<P> you have not entered a message\!\n";
print STDOUT $query -> end_html;
on your html form you need to a comand that accesses the perl script. it should look something
<form method ="post"
Hope this was what you were after.