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Distributed authentication

One of the more tedious moments in visiting a new website is filling out the registration form. Here at Cesar Chavez Middle, you do not have to fill out a registration form if you are already a member of Drupal, IMAP. This capability is called distributed authentication, and Drupal, the software which powers Cesar Chavez Middle, fully supports it.

Distributed authentication enables a new user to input a username and password into the login box, and immediately be recognized, even if that user never registered at Cesar Chavez Middle. This works because Drupal knows how to communicate with external registration databases. For example, lets say that new user 'Joe' is already a registered member of Delphi Forums. Drupal informs Joe on registration and login screens that he may login with his Delphi ID instead of registering with Cesar Chavez Middle. Joe likes that idea, and logs in with a username of joe@remote.delphiforums.com and his usual Delphi password. Drupal then contacts the remote.delphiforums.com server behind the scenes (usually using XML-RPC, HTTP POST, or SOAP) and asks: "Is the password for user Joe correct?". If Delphi replies yes, then we create a new Cesar Chavez Middle account for Joe and log him into it. Joe may keep on logging into Cesar Chavez Middle in the same manner, and he will always be logged into the same account.

Drupal

Drupal is the name of the software that powers Cesar Chavez Middle. There are Drupal websites all over the world, and many of them share their registration databases so that users may freely log in to any Drupal site using a single Drupal ID.

So please feel free to log in to your account here at Cesar Chavez Middle with a username from another Drupal site. The format of a Drupal ID is similar to an e-mail address: username@server. An example of a valid Drupal ID is mwlily@drupal.org.

IMAP

IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. It is a method of accessing electronic mail or bulletin board messages that are kept on a (possibly shared) mail server. In other words, it permits a "client" email program to access remote message stores as if they were local. For example, email stored on an IMAP server can be manipulated from a desktop computer at home, a workstation at the office, and a notebook computer while traveling, without the need to transfer messages or files back and forth between these computers.

POP3 stands for Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3), an application-layer Internet standard protocol, to retrieve e-mail from a remote server over a TCP/IP connection.

NNTP is an Internet application protocol used primarily for reading and posting Usenet articles, as well as transferring news among news servers.

You can log into Cesar Chavez Middle using your username and password of any allowed IMAP/POP3/NNTP server. Simply enter username@example.com as your username and the password of your IMAP/POP3/NNTP account.

Valid domains list:

  • @nhusd.k12.ca.us