Directory services like LDAP are suitable for holding a lot of
organizational information in a standarized database scheme. LDAP
is very handy for e.g. providing centralized addressbooks for the
users of an organization. Widely used mail client software like
Netscape Messenger or Outlook have already built-in support for
accessing directory services through LDAP for retrieving personal
data like mail addresses or certificate data.
However some situations arise in which there is a strong need for
a robust and flexible LDAP client software which provides add/modify of
access to the directory without having LDAP capable client
software (e.g. via WWW).
a secure LDAP client with clean login behaviour.
hiding the LDAP service behind a firewall.
encryption for LDAP access over unsecure networks.
This is why web2ldap was developed which aims to be a full-featured LDAPv3 client.
Although web2ldap is designed to be very comfortable it is
today much too powerful for unexperienced users who just want
to do simple repeating jobs like searching a specific sort of
entries or adding same entries many times. The reason is that
web2ldap is a generic LDAP client providing all kind of actions you
want to do with a LDAP directory without making any assumptions
about the directory's DIT or schema.
If you have the requirement for a customized web gateway to your
own LDAP server which is easy-to-use for end-users feel free to
Michael Ströder <email@example.com> for further
information about commercial variants and support.