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Timed Sequestration of Web Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013217D
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

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This has been implemented as an involuntary access control module for the Apache Web server. In the case of time-sensitive Web documents, such as (for example) press releases or 'special offer' pages, the idea is to decouple the act of making the appropriate changes to the document's accessibility from the time of the change. That is, to configure the access to the document ahead of time in such a way that the change in accessibility is made automatically at the appropriate time(s) without requiring manual intervention. This allows documents to be prepared and deployed in advance without concern for the possibility of accidental exposure. By providing the Web server with configuration directives, document access can be time-bound in any of four ways: a) Accessible only until a certain date/time. (Such as for offers with expiration dates.)