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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Password Box..
Date Wed, 07 Feb 2007 07:16:29 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Liz Kim [] 
> Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 1:21 AM
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] Password Box..
> I would like to set up a customized message that shows up 
> with or before the password prompt appears.
> I've been doing some research and it seems like customizing 
> the actual password prompt box is impossible.

As Scott rightly says, it is impossible to modify or control the pop-up
box that the browser generates in response to a 401.

Nevertheless, you're probably wondering how some sites manage to log you
in via a "normal" form page? They do this by checking the credentials by
some other means (ie, *not* Basic Auth) and then issuing a cookie for
the session. These methods require additional server-sided programming
(CGI, PHP, ASP, Cocoon etc.)

Owen Boyle
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> Is there a way for apache to create a pop up window of some 
> sort displaying the message? 
> I am assuming javascript won't do since that sits behind the 
> apache security layer.
> Thank you
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