WebMail: WebUser Interface
The CommuniGate Pro Server provides Web (HTTP/HTML) access to user
accounts. The WebUser component works via the HTTP module and
allows users to read and compose messages and to perform account and mailbox management
tasks using any Web browser.
Even if you prefer a regular POP or IMAP mail client, the WebUser Interface can be
used to access the features unavailable in some mailers. For example, the WebUser
Interface can be used to specify Subscriptions and Access Control Lists for account
mailboxes - the features many IMAP clients do not support yet.
If the WebCal Service is enabled for your Account,
you can use the WebUser Interface to create Events (Meetings and Appointments) and
ToDo items (Tasks), to accept and cancel them, to view your Calendar and ToDo lists.
The WebUser Interface is completely customizable. The CommuniGate Pro package includes
several "stock" Skins - an unnamed one (it uses a minimal set of graphic elements and it does not
use any scripting) and several named Skins. Named Skins usually provide more graphic-intense interfaces.
Each CommuniGate Pro installation can use an unlimited number of custom Skins.
All pages shown in this section are displayed using the simple unnamed stock Skin.
The same pages may look differently when displayed with other Skins.
WebUser Interface Pages
The WebUser Interface consists of several types of HTML pages that you can
access using the controls - links and buttons. When you access the server using a WAP/WML
(wireless phone) or IMode browser, WML or IMode pages with the same functionality are
generated and sent to your wireless device.
- Hello page
- This page is displayed when you log into the system. It allows you to
switch to other WebUser Interface pages, as well as to other portions of your site.
- Mailboxes page
- This page lists all mailboxes in your account and allows you to create, rename,
and remove mailboxes, and to open mailboxes so you can browse the messages stored in
your mailboxes. See the Mailboxes section for more details.
- Mailbox page
- This page lists all messages stored in the selected mailbox. You can copy, move,
redirect, forward and delete listed messages. You can open and read messages listed
on the Mailbox page. See the Mailboxes section for more details.
- Message page
- This page presents the content of the selected message. You can read the message,
copy, move, delete, redirect, and forward the open message, and you can reply to it.
See the Messages section for more details.
- Compose page
- This page allows you to compose a new message, and send it. It can also be used to create
and modify Notes, and calendaring (Event and ToDo) items.
See the Composing section for more details.
- Settings pages
- These pages allow you to customize your WebUser Interface.
- Files page
- This page allows you to manage your File Storage.
- Contacts pages
- These pages allow you to browse your Contact-type (AddressBook-type) mailboxes ("folders"), and to
edit your Contact and Contact Group items.
See the Contacts section for more details.
- Notes page
- This page allows you to manage your Notes.
See the Notes section for more details.
- Calendar and Tasks pages
- These pages allow you to browse your Calendar-type and ToDo-type mailboxes ("folders").
See the Calendar and Tasks sections for more details.
WebUser Interface Login
The Login page allows you to log into the WebUser Interface by presenting your user name and password:
Check that the Domain Name (domain1.dom in this example) correctly specifies the Domain your Account
belongs to. If you cannot open the Login page of the proper Domain, you still can log in, but then you would
need to enter your full Account name (in the accountName@domainName form).
Your Account WebUser Preferences (Settings) may enable some additional security mechanisms,
such as the Fixed IP Address mechanism and/or the Cookies mechanism.
When you connect using a network with multi-home proxies (such as the AOL
network), your requests come to the CommuniGate Pro server from different network addresses, even when you continue
to use the same browser on the same network. If you have to connect to the Server from such a network, you may want
to disable the Network Address feature for this session, otherwise you will get disconnected very quickly.
Some browsers do not support "cookies". If you have to connect to the Server from such a browser, you may want
to disable the Cookie check for this session.
If you always connect from a proxied network or if you always use a browser that does not support cookies, you may want
to disable this security options in your Account WebUser settings, so you won't have to disable them manually every
time you try to log in.
Browser Authentication Login
You can use your browser Authentication capabilities as an alternative method to log into the
WebUser Interface. Point your browser to http://yourserver:port/login/
Your browser may display a dialog box asking you to supply your credentials, or it will use
your already activated credentials. The browser then sends a request with these credentials.
When the Server verifies and accepts your credentials, a WebUser Session is created and
your browser is redirected into that session.
Browser Authentication is more secure if a session is established via a clear-text link,
and secure HTTP Authentication methods are enabled and supported in the browser.
Browser Authentication is convenient because the browser remembers the supplied credentials and
it will login automatically the next time you direct it to this special URL. If the browser supports the
Single Sign-On Authentication (such as GSSAPI/Kerberos and/or client Certificates),
this method allows you to log into the WebUser Interface without supplying your credentials again.
Note: it is not recommended to use Browser Authentication on workstations shared by several
people (because the browser remembers the supplied credentials), unless the workstation and the Server
are configured to use Single Sign-on Authentication (and thus the supplied credentials are always the
actual credentials of the current workstation user).
The CommuniGate Pro Server automatically detects WML and IMode devices, and automatically
switches to the WML or IMode interface when these devices are used.
If the Server does not correctly detects your wireless device type, you may want to specify the markup language explicitly.
To use the WML interface, point your device browser to http://yourserver:port/wml
To use the European version of the IMode interface, point your device browser to
To use the Japanese version of the IMode interface, point your device browser to
WebUser Interface Auto-Signup
The Administrator of your Server or your Domain can enable an auto-signup feature. If this feature
is enabled, you can open the Signup page (using a link on the Login page), enter your Account name ("username"),
password and some other parameters, and create a new Account in this Domain. The system then logs you in that Account:
The passwords entered in both passwords fields should match.
You may want to enter the Forgotten Password Retrieval E-mail address - the system will send your password there
if you forget it. Please note that:
- This E-mail address should not be the address of the Account you are creating, because when you forget
your password, you cannot open that Account and read the message with your recovered password. This E-mail should
be the E-mail Address of an account you have with some different ISP.
- The Server will be able to send your password via E-mail, only if your password is stored in the clear-text
form or it can be decoded by the Server. If the password stored as one-way encoded "hash", the Server will not be
able to decode it, and the Server will not be able to send you the decoded password string.
WebUser Interface Settings
You can tune the WebUser Interface by modifying settings on the Settings pages.
The Settings pages contain options that customize Accesses to Mailboxes,
Mailbox Browsing, Message Browsing, and
These pages alse contain some generic settings:
- The Interface ("Skin") to use.
- The security options used to protect your WebUser sessions.
- The character set options.
The WebUser Interface Settings page contains a link to the Account
Mailbox Subscription and
Mailbox Aliases page.
- Use this setting to specify the Layout ("Skin") of the WebUser Interface.
Select the *** option to use the default ("unnamed") Skin.
When you change the Layout setting, you need to Logout and Login again to use the newly selected Skin.
- Use this setting to specify the Language to use on the selected Skin. The menu shows all Languages
available for the selected Skin.
- Require Fixed Network Address
- Select this option to enable the Network Address security check. When this option is enabled,
the Server remembers the Network Address you logged in from, and then all HTTP requests to the established
WebUser Interface session must come from the same Network Address, otherwise requests are rejected.
Note: Do NOT select this option if you plan to connect from the AOL network or other networks
that use outgoing HTTP proxies.
Note: You can disable the Network Address security check when you login.
- Select this option to enable HTTP "cookie"-based security check. When this option is enabled,
some "cookie" information is sent to your browser when you login, and the browser resends that information
back to the CommuniGate Pro server every time you access a WebUser Interface session page. Other browsers
cannot access your WebUser Interface session even if they connect from the same Network Address, as they
do not posses the proper "cookie" information.
Note: Do NOT select this option if you plan to use browsers that do not support "cookies".
Note: You can disable the "cookie" security check when you login.
- Time Zone
- Use this setting to select the time zone you are working in. The WebUser Interface and XIMSS clents will use
the select time zone to show the date and time values.
Only of your time zone is not listed, Select the HostOS value to use the Server OS time zone.
- Preferred Character Set
- Use this setting to select the character set you use most. New messages you compose will be encoded using
the selected Preferred Charset. If a message does not have the charset specified, it is displayed using the Preferred Charset.
- Use Unicode (UTF-8) for
- Use this setting to specify how your browser can utilize the Unicode (UTF-8) encoding. Select the Reading and Composing option
if you use a modern browser.
The WebUser Interface Settings page contains a link that opens the
Password Editor page:
To update your password, enter your current password, then enter your new password twice, and click the Modify button.
Note: The New Password fields may be absent. This means that the Administrator did not allow you
to modify your Account password.
You can specify the Password Recovery E-mail address. It should be an address of some other account,
most likely - on some other system. If you ever forget your CommuniGate Pro Account password, you will be able to
ask the Server to send your password to that E-mail address. To set the Password Recovery E-mail address,
enter your current password and the Password Recovery E-mail address into their fields and click the Modify
Public Info Editor
The Public Info Editor page can be used to modify your Account data stored in the Directory. Other users can
retrieve this information from the Directory using any LDAP client, or using WebUser Interface to the CommuniGate Pro Directory.
The System Administrator defines the set of Account Settings used as user's Public Info. If the Public Info Editor
page contains no fields, the System Administrator has not speicifed any Public Info settings.
You can update the Public Info Account Settings by modifying the data in the value fields.
Please note that the CommuniGate Pro Server can 'rename' Account Settings when storing them in the
Directory. The City setting may be stored as the standard l directory attribute,
while the Work Phone setting can be stored as the telephoneNumber attribute in your Directory record.
The Server Administrator specifies the Account Settings <-> Directory Attribute renaming rules.
The WebUser Interface provides access to the account Automated Mail Processing Rules.
If the Can Modify Account Rules account option is not enabled,
then you can view the account Mail Rules, but you cannot modify them.
You can turn the Auto-Reply option on and you can modify the Auto-Reply message text even
if your Account does not have a right to modify any Mail Rules.
See the Automated Mail Processing Rules section to learn how to specify the Rules.
The WebUser Interface provides access to the account Automated Signal Processing Rules.
If the Can Modify Signal Rules account option is not enabled,
then you can view the account Signal (Call) Rules, but you cannot modify them.
The WebUser Interface provides access to the list of the Remote
POP Accounts that the system polls on your behalf.
If the Can Modify RPOP Accounts account option
is not enabled, then you can view the list of RPOP Accounts, but you cannot modify them.
See the RPOP Module section to learn how to specify the Remote POP Accounts to poll.
The WebUSer Interface Settings allow you to specify how the delete operatons are handled:
- Message Delete Method
- Set this option to Immediately if you want to permanently remove a message when you click the Delete link or button.
Set this option to Move To Trash if you want to move deleted messages to the special Trash mailbox, so they can be recovered from there.
Set this option to Mark if you the Delete operation to mark messages as "deleted", without actually removing them. Then you can use the Purge Deleted operation to remove all mailbox messages marked as Deleted.
The remaining options can be used when the Move To Trash method is selected.
- Trash Mailbox
- This setting allows you to specify the mailbox to be used as Trash. If you access your account with some other
mailer that uses a Trash mailbox, too, you may want to configure the WebUser Interface to use the same mailbox as Trash. For example,
the Microsoft Outlook client uses the Deleted Items mailbox as a Trash mailbox.
- Keep Message Received Time
- If this option is enabled, then messages moved to Trash keep the Received ("Internal") time attribute, it shows the
time when the message was received. If this option is disabled, the Received time attribute for messages moved to Trash is
changed to the time when they were moved. This option has an effect on the next option.
- On Logout Remove from Trash if Older than
- When you logout of the WebUser Interface, the system checks the Received date of the messages in the Trash mailbox,
and removes all messages older that the specified period of time. Depending on the Keep Message Received Time option
value, it allows you to keep only recent messages in the Trash, or to keep only recently deleted
messages in the Trash.
Secure Mail (S/MIME)
The WebUser Interface allows you to send and receive digitally signed and encrypted messages.
It can decrypt encrypted messages, verify digital signatures, and perform other Secure Mail operations.
The Secure Mail functionality is available only if your Account and Domain have the S/MIME Service enabled.
See the WebUser Interface S/MIME section to learn how to use Secure Mail functions.
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