how to import a cookie from Internet Explorer
A number of websites require entering of a username or password through
a customized form in order to access the content of the website.
As of the time of this writing, iSiloX does not have the ability
to automatically log a user in if it encounters such a customized
form. However, in many cases, the website also has the option
of automatically logging you in each time you visit the website
from the same computer without you needing to re-enter
either your username or password. Such websites accomplish this by
storing information in your browser's cookie store. A cookie is
basically a piece of information that has an associated name, value,
and website where it is to be used. When you use your browser
to revisit the website from where the cookie was sent, your browser
sends back the cookie information that was given to it from the
website. This allows the website to automatically identify you
without you needing to enter your username and password.
iSiloX has the ability to send cookies. So for the above purpose,
it is useful to be able to obtain the specific cookie information
from your browser for the corresponding website and add it to the
cookie list of the document conversion entry you created in iSiloX
for conversion of that website.
This tutorial shows how to obtain a cookie's information from
Internet Explorer 5.5 on Windows Millenium. The same concepts
apply to other versions of Internet Explorer and other browsers
and operating systems, but you may need to consult the documentation
for your specific system for more details.
To follow this tutorial, you should have a basic understanding
of how to use iSiloX.
getting the cookie from Internet Explorer
- In Internet Explorer, click the Internet Options command
in the Tools menu to get the Internet Options dialog
- In the Internet Options dialog, click the General
tab, then click Settings on the General tab page
to get the Settings dialog shown here:
- In the Settings dialog, click View Files to get the
Temporary Internet Files listing shown here:
- Click the Internet Address column header to sort the listing
so that all the entries with an address beginning with "Cookie:"
are grouped together. For each cookie entry, the part of the
address that follows the @ character is the domain name of the website
to which the cookie is sent whenever you visit that website.
If you do not see any entries that begin with "Cookie:",
Internet Explorer may have too many files cached, so you
will first need to click Delete Files in the
Internet Options dialog that was shown in the first step
- Scroll through the entries to find the cookie entry that has the
domain name of the website for which you want to get the cookie.
Double-click the entry to access the cookie information. You may
get the following warning, to which you can click Yes:
- The cookie information opens in Notepad as shown here:
- The cookie information will be different depending on which
cookie you select to view. However, the way in which the cookie
information is displayed within Notepad makes it difficult
to understand, so let's copy the information to WordPad.
In the Edit menu of Notepad, click Select All.
Then click Copy in the Edit menu.
- Now start WordPad, which you should be able to do by going
to the Start menu and then selecting
Programs/Accessories/WordPad. In WordPad's Edit menu,
click Paste. The cookie information should then appear
in WordPad, similar to the following:
how to import a cookie from Internet Explorer
A given website may store more than one cookie on your system,
so you may need to add more than one cookie in order for the
conversion to work. If so, just repeat the above steps for each
- In iSiloX go to the Properties dialog for the entry to which
you want to add the cookie by right-clicking the entry and clicking
- In the Properties dialog, click the Cookies tab
to get the cookie properties for the entry as shown here:
- For a website that requires cookies, you generally want cookies
to be both sent and retrieved, so check both the
Send cookies option and the Receive cookies option
on the Cookies tab page.
- On the Cookies tab page, click Add Cookie to get the
Add/Edit Cookie dialog so that you can enter the cookie
information obtained from Internet Explorer.
- In the WordPad window, the first three lines of the data
you copied contain the information you need to copy to the
Add/Edit Cookie dialog. The first line is the name
of the cookie. The second line is the value of the cookie.
The third line contains the domain and path to which the cookie
applies and requires a little further explanation. The part
before the first slash is the domain name. When you enter the
domain name into the corresponding field in the Add/Edit
Cookie dialog, you should add a period before the domain name
so that it matches full domain names ending with that domain name.
The part from the first slash forward is the path. In this example,
the path consists only of a single slash, but it is possible
for it to be longer (e.g., /handhelds/OnTheWeb).
After copying the lines into the respective fields of the
Add/Edit Cookie dialog, the dialog should look like the
- One other thing you should do is select the Never option
for the Expires option so that the cookie remains active
- Click OK to add the new cookie to the list. The
Cookies tab page should now list your new cookie as shown
- Click OK to accept the changes you have made to the
properties for the entry.
Congratulations on having added a cookie from Internet Explorer
to an entry in iSiloX.
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