Saving files on a user´s comp uter with browser ("re-post")
aleax at aleax.it
Sun Jan 6 10:17:04 EST 2002
Bragi Baldursson wrote:
> could write a Cookie to some set location on a users OS. But isn´t it
> highly likely that the Cookie area gets cleaned out regularily???? I
No, it's not highly likely, because most users detest having to type
userids and passwords to a zillion different websites whenever they surf.
That's what cookies are most often used for: keep user information (e.g.
for identification and authentication) so users won't need to retype it a
> need a persistent file object where I can store this.
You can't stop the user from (accidentally or otherwise) deleting this
file, whatever method you use. It won't happen often, but occasionally it
will (or some users may prefer to have to type in everything repeatedly
rather than risk their "privacy" being invaded by anything written on their
disk, so they may reject cookies). So, make sure to have an alternative
way of access, if the cookie isn't coming back, so the user CAN also type
userid and password explicitly (and provide a way for users who forget
their passwords to have them mailed to their known mail addresses, etc).
But cookies will be handy for most users most of the time.
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