Mac-based Software for Conferencing, Guestbooks, Site Feedback, etc.

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Software, documentation and data files copyright 1998-2004 Brian Johnson, Department of Architecture, University of Washington.

Realm-based User Identification

The HTTP protocol provides for password-protection of web pages, a mechanism known as "realms". When the browser attempts to retrieve a protected page, the web server examines the request for "user" and "password" fields (this information is not visibly transmitted or displayed). These are compared to an internal database. If they are not acceptable, a "challenge" is issued to the browser, which displays a logon dialog box, wherein the user enters their username and password. This information is then included in the header of each file retrieval request.

Using Realms with ConferWeb

  • The exact procedure for setting up a realm differs from server to server. Check your server documentation.
  • When configuring your realm, you will need to include the ConferWeb CGI within the realm, as well as the HTML files. Assuming that there are both protected and unprotected conferences on the server, the easiest way to do this is to create an alias (Link on OS-X) to the CGI within your cgi-bin folder, and protect the alias within the realm.
  • If a ConferWeb conference is protected within a realm, and individual users have personal usernames and passwords for that realm, ConferWeb templates may reference the username by using the <Confer_Username> tag to include the user's name in a posting (referred to as "autosigning").