[Chameleon] authorisation

Bart van den Eijnden BEN at Syncera-ITSolutions.NL
Wed Sep 28 02:31:39 EDT 2005

Hi list,

I have been thinking a while about how to add authorisation capabilities to Chameleon since this is one of the major things missing from the Chameleon core, and I wanted to see if other people have been thinking about this and what their thoughts are.

As a use case, I would want to have different Chameleon portals for different groups of people, without having to copy sites.

For instance, if a user belongs to a certain group, it should not see certain widgets (or they should be disabled, that's a choice to be made). Other things that come into play are, seeing a different set of map layers.

This would mean changes to the UIManager I guess, which needs to check in a database (could be sqlite just as for the authentication stuff) if a widget should be visible/enabled in the user's template.

Also, every user group would have a MAP file associated with them. Right now the application has to set the right mapfile argument for the CWCInitialize function. If we want to keep this this way, the index.phtml file would have to take care of setting the right MAP file. Or this responsibility could be moved into Chameleon.php. For instance, if the application developer just gives a MAP file as the second argument, the normal processing will take care, if the MAP file argument is empty, the right MAP file is looked up in a database table (assuming the UIManager can access the rights object of the user to check his rights).

Some of the widgets would need to get adapted, for instance the XMLThemeLegend widget, but this could be as simple as not showing themes and groups which cannot be found in the MAP file (maybe this is already the current behaviour of this widget?). So you have a master themes.xml for all layers which can be present, and changing the MAP file would be enough for changing what the user will see in the XMLThemeManager.

Am I missing things which would need to be done? Paul, would you be interested in having something like this in the Chameleon core?

Best regards,

Bart van den Eijnden
Syncera IT Solutions
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