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dmxadev
Re:xoops and multi-sub-sites [X.500 and LDAP]
  • 2004/11/2 3:20

  • dmxadev

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  • Since: 2004/10/24


XOOPS does not yet support multiple sites or sub-sites within a single installation.

Currently, there is an Admin group. Either you are an Admin, or not. Anyone who is an Admin can manage everything. Registered Users can interact with resources not restricted to Admins. Basically, XOOPS is an "all or nothing" framework. It works well for "standalone" implementations with one Admin team and one base of managed resources, like an internal Web server for an HR or Tech Support group.

The current framework is problematic when there is a need to go beyond "standalone" implementations. If multiple groups need access to resources from different XOOPS systems, members would need to have multiple username/password combinations. Members with a username/password would have full non-Admin access to all resources on whichever system. Each group would also have its own Admin members.

Businesses using XOOPS would greatly benefit if they had the abilities to:
* use "single sign in" across systems,
* selectively assign resource access rights,
* delegate partial administrative rights,
* administer multiple XOOPS systems from a single interface.

Module authors have no XOOPS API to do any of the above. Certainly, though, some of that fuctionality can be individually kludged.

For complex CMS usage or implementations of more than one XOOPS installation, XOOPS needs to be rewritten from the core level to allow management and directory cataloguing in an X.500 compliant manner. (Similar efforts use LDAP.) Furthermore, the XOOPS API needs to offer documented functions to query, administer, and interact with XOOPS installations, X.500 directories, and LDAP functions. Not trivial tasks. Fortunately, the conversion to PHP5 should present a wonderful opportunity to tackle this challenge.

Since XOOPS is the product of Open-Source, multi-author effort, it seems proper to have fora for XOOPS namespace, XOOPS single administration interface, and discrete XOOPS user rights for resource accesses. On the bright side, there is already an XOOPS LDAP effort.



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dmxadev
Re: How do I embed a outside page in xoops
  • 2004/10/31 2:00

  • dmxadev

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  • Since: 2004/10/24


You should be able to link to any "outside page" within an XOOPS navigation block through http://yoursite.tld/xoops/modules/system/admin.php?fct=blocksadmin

If you want to include content inside the central XOOPS blocks, you may want to create a new module, with content selectors.

content module -> selector ? -> selection ? content

For example, you could write an HTTP Error module that would encapsulate the error messages within the XOOPS framework. The content would be different, depending upon the HTTP Error code as the selector.



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dmxadev
Re:PNG Tansparency in xoops??
  • 2004/10/31 1:36

  • dmxadev

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  • Since: 2004/10/24


PNG and GIF transparency has no relationship with a scripting language or markup sent to a client browser agent. However, there is transparency support defined in both of those graphical image formats. The major requirement in use of a color index with no more than 255 colors. Note: good graphic designers will wisely choose a color set to minimize the resulting reduction of image quality.



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dmxadev
Apparent advertisement licenses
  • 2004/10/30 13:37

  • dmxadev

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  • Since: 2004/10/24


A number of modules and themes appear to be bound with an advertisement license which requires the display of the author's advertisement, and forbids its removal or modification. (It is particularly annoying that some of these advertisements embed multi-byte characters.)

Specific examples would include the
Creative Commons License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

and those bundled with
aqua-um
https://xoops.org/modules/library/singlefile.php?cid=1&lid=12

Xoops Avatar Maker
https://xoops.org/modules/repository/singlefile.php?cid=37&lid=1367

Am I misreading those licenses? Or, is it permissible to use such modules and themes without displaying the advertising?

{There appears to be a coding error for edits that "breaks" markup.}



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dmxadev
Re:CSS colors for left and right blocks
  • 2004/10/24 21:16

  • dmxadev

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  • Since: 2004/10/24


For new people trying to figure this out:
It took me about 2 days to realize that the changes made in the CSS file were not displaying in Netscape because it was for a different browser (M$IE). The NN.css is for Mozilla, MAC.css for Mac, and plain old style.css for M$IE. So, when you are making changes that seem fruitless, make sure you are using the right browser before banging your head too hard.




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