[pmwiki-users] Rethinking passwords and authorization
sandy at onebit.ca
Wed Oct 11 10:05:05 CDT 2006
Stirling Westrup wrote:
> Ryan R. Varick wrote:
>> I've always kind of wondered why the syntax is as the way it is
>> anyway. I certainly think it would be more intuitive if there were a
>> set of common prefixes, like
>> user:alice (or id:alice, if that's preferred)
>> I don't know if this would make parsing any easier, but I don't think
>> the current system is "the best we can do" with regard to legibility.
> This has the additional advantage that those prefixes can be broken out
> via some sort of config table so that new ones could be created by new
> recipes. If someone needs to add a floon authentication method, they
> would just do something like:
> and then might have a line like:
> grp:authors pw:quick floon:17
I like this idea. Lots of flexibility for the future.
As for what to type to indicate each level, I vote for something that's
easy to read, even if it's more letters. For those who use it a lot,
include a way to add to config.php that "pw:" is the same as "password:".
Of course, I know there'll be a way to $EnableOldMethod, and probably a
script to update old sites.
Maybe separate lists by semi-colons, so:
group:cats,humans; author:Kipling; password:JustSoStories;
If spaces in the name, use quotes
password:"Just So Stories", "Jungle Book";
I like the + and - ability, but don't see myself using it.
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