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From Erik Abele <>
Subject Re: Puzzling News
Date Tue, 01 Mar 2005 16:52:26 GMT
On 01.03.2005, at 15:18, Graham Leggett wrote:

> Paul A Houle said:
>>       I think of all the features that web site authors and developers
>> need that still don't exist in mainstream web servers;  part of this
>> is in the area of "content management" and another major are is
>> authentication -- pretty much any serious interactive web site needs
>> a cookie-based authentication system with the features seen on big
>> sites like and yahoo!  and one of the reasons there is so
>> little code reuse on the web is that every application winds up
>> impementing it's own authentication system;  if there was something
>> really good built into a market-leading web server,  this picture
>> would change completely.
> The trouble with the authentication problem is that the credentials 
> used
> for authentication are often used for way more than just finding out
> whether a user has access. That said, this is definitely a very useful
> addition.
> Something like an auth module that can do "form based" auth, in 
> addition
> to "basic" and "digest" etc would probably be very useful.

Looks like someone is working on that:

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