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Old March 2nd, 2004, 12:45 PM
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Hi there

Please could someone help me with the following problem:

Our website is held in a frameset. When a Consultant logs into the site their name and userid info is held in 2 session variables and in the top frame we show the username and userid - something like 'Lucy Robinson - 44'. However, sometimes this ends up looking like ' - ' due to the problem mentioned in the link below
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;178037
and all info is lost - the side frame gets a HTTP 500 error etc

Do you think i'll be able to simply change session for response.cookies and all will work?

I've never used Response.Cookies before and don't know the difference between Session and Response.Cookies.

Can anyone explain this to me and maybe help with my problem.

Thanks in advance

 
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Yeah, I think you can do that with cookies. However, you may run into the same problem as with the Sessions: that IE cannot share the cookies between the page in the frameset.
If that seems to be the case, make sure you set the Expire property of the cookie. This will force IE to write the cookie to disk, so it will be available to other pages in the frame set.

A few things, though. First of all, this isn't very secure. If you're using the cookie just to display a welcome message, there isn't much of a problem. However, if user 44 is a normal user and user 1 an Administrator, it will be too easy for the user to gain access as an admin, by changing the value of the cookie.

Secondly: try ditching the frames, if possible. They are really a nineties technology, and shouldn't have a place in most modern applications. They cause more problems than they solve and all their benefits can be simulated using either Server Side Includes, or some DOM scripting.

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