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At 8:52 PM -0500 1/8/04, Rich Salz wrote:

>Did you miss the posting where I said IE5 just gives up?  Given the
>market penetration of IE5 on the web, I think that's sufficient proof
>that interoperable digest isn't available now.  Of all the web sites
>you use, do you know of one that does it?

Since I don't happen to know of a real world web site that uses 
digest authentication, (very few use even basic) I set up digest 
authentication on one of my servers and ran my own tests. You (and 
anyone else) can check this out for yourself at 
Username: invited
Password: test

This is a Red Hat 8.0 Linux box running Apache 2.0.40 with whatever 
patches Red Hat's released over the last year or so. I haven't done 
anything special to the server in that respect.

Here are my results:

Internet Explorer 6.0 Windows 2000: Works
Internet Explorer 5.1 Mac OS 9: Works
Internet Explorer 5.2 Mac OS X: Works
Mozilla 1.4 Linux: Works
Mozilla 1.3 Mac OS 9: Works
Safari 1.0 Mac OS X: Works
Netscape Navigator 6.2 Mac OS 9: Fails
Opera 7.11 Windows: Works

I assume Netscape 4.x fails as well. Netscape 7 probably works. These 
are just the browsers I have handy.  I'm sorry I do not have a 
Windows machine with IE 5.5 or earlier or Opera 6.0 or earlier to 
test on. Please do hit my page with your copy of IE5 and let me know 
what happens. Also anybody else, who has a browser not on this list, 
please also check out the page and report your results.

So far, though I cannot verify the claim that Borg clients can only 
operate  with Borg servers. Indeed I dispute that claim for Borg IE 
6.0, and for Mac Borg. :-) Possibly, the reverse is true: that is, 
it's possible that IIS only works with IE, but Apache 2.0 does seem 
to work with IE.


   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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