Public entry page for anonymous access

BSCW folders allowing public access may be equipped with an additional entry page for ano­nymous access. While the members of the folder may use the ‘normal’ BSCW user inter­face to work on the folder, the anonymous user is presented with a specific entry page. This way, the actual folder and is hidden from anonymous access and only selected material from the folder is presented to anonymous users, who may not even be aware that they access a BSCW server.

The creation of public entry pages is intended for users who are familiar with the creation of HTML pages.

Note that public entry pages must have been enabled by the BSCW system administrator by setting


in the BSCW configuration file.

The public entry page is an HTML file named index.html, which is to be contained in the published folder. The mechanism of index.html in a pub­lic BSCW folder is similar to the presence of a file index.html in a website directory: access from the World-Wide Web pre­sents the file index.html and not the contents of the directory or folder.

Here is how you create public entry pages in BSCW:

      Create a new file named index.html using  File    New    HTML Document  in the top menu of the folder you intend to publish with a welcome page.

      Edit index.html to your needs. Relative links inside index.html may refer to objects in your folder. You find a schematic example below in this section.

      Open the folder to public access via action  Access    Public Access .

      Anonymous users may now access your folder using the public addressing scheme in BSCW:


Using the URL


will present the BSCW folder for non-anonymous users in its full functionality.

Example of a public entry page

The following schematic example shows how the HTML code of an entry page could look like. This entry page presents links to two documents of the published folder embedded in some text of your choice.





<P>Some text</P>

<P><A HREF=”./document1”>Document 1</A>

<P>Some text</P>

<P><A HREF=”./subfolder/document2”>Document 2</A>

<P>Some text</P>


Other languages

All available languages other than English may also be used for public entry pages. E.g., if you provide an additional file index-de.html in the published folder with a German trans­lation of the file index.html, anonymous users who have selected the German language in­ter­face for their browser will be shown the German version of the welcome page.