i haven't had much experience with user authentication, so i have a few questions.
i wrote a script, which if a user is not logged in, it will show the login page and once they put in their information it will refresh the page, and login...validating information through the database.
1) i want the ability for users to login through the URL tho, as well...
The only time I've seen that URL login style used before is on FTP sites. If there is login available purely through the URL, it is most likely a function of your web server (Apache examples here). Using this method will also take care of the "browser authentication" function you were asking for.
The first is easy the second will require some programming
well actually its not that i want it to show up in the URL...i just want them to be able to login using the browser's user/pw features thus appearing in my server logs. this method is the same as i already do just less secure.
edit: just to clarify, this is what i want to be possible, yet i want to interact with the username they actually type in....using it to login to the site
well thanks everyone...i just thought there would be a simple way to make my site more accessible...like grabbing information from headers...but it seems its going to be a bit more complicated than that, so i'll just go without this features.