On Friday 11 November 2005 14:48, Alistair Young wrote:
> The "dead end page" is reached if you use the ath_returl parameter.
> This parameter seems to be ignored when setting the cookie. The next
> request to the same URL then works, with ath_returl redirecting to
> the list of resources (services.php).
> The helpdesk clarified it a bit with a link that doesn't use
> ath_returl but goes to the same page. Bit confusing really but then
> again my head is reeling at the moment swaying from side to side in
> this hurricane up here! I'm actaully watching tree being blown over
> from the office!
Sounds like a bug to me. We'll look into it.
> If we don't use ath_returl it's fine and individual resource access
> is fine. The problem is the cookie stopping classic working.
> The team here are excited about the local authentication but can't
> really go live until the classic access is clarified, or our helpdesk
> will overheat.
I appreciate the problems surrounding this. The problems arise mostly because
of the transitional phase we're in. We have different groups of users who are
interacting with the Athens system in different ways, and in may cases
differently to from the way they may be used to. What we're trying to do with
our current reworking is take both ambiguity (such as the infamous
'Alternative login procedures and help logging in' link) and the need for
users to know more than what should be required (such as whether they're a
'classic' user or a 'gateway' user). Users who fall into multiple groups are
going to be particularly difficult to cater for.