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This would seem like the province of an ActiveX control.
And then some! I am not aware of anything like this existing or even
being possible. You are really stretching the published standards and
security guidelines on to what a browser should have access and
privileges to do, at least as I understand them.
I know if I where to click a button on a website and my scanner was to
start up, scan a document and have the document sent to another computer
would scare the bejevous out of me. If you could code a button to do
it, you could code it to happen automatically and grab who knows what
information from my computer.
It would be a simple matter to provide a form that a user could attach a
file they scanned to be sent, but to do this automatically should not be
possible as it is a huge security problem.
This is for a secure internal application, so user's won't have any security concerns about the scanning - they're the ones asking to be able to do it. The problem is how to do it.
> This is for a secure internal application, so user's won't have any security concerns about the scanning - they're the ones asking to be able to do it. The problem is how to do it.
That is all fine and dandy for your and your users, but if the
CAPABILITY existed in the browser so that you could do this for your
users who want it and except the security risks, it would exist for all
developers and all users of that browser. That means it would be very
simple for unethical developers to use the capability to steal
information for other users who DID NOT except the security risk.
If IE had this functionality for you, then I could use it to create a
website, trick you to visit that site and do nasty things with your data.
NOW, I guess an activeX plugin that had to be installed would mitigate
this somewhat, but it still is really stretching in my mind.
Turns out there are ActiveX-based solutions out there for this. One is called ActivScan from ActivSoftware, though it's discontinued (but still available without support). I have downloaded the trial and will give it a shot. It's actually specifically for CF!
I'm also looking through some other sites that seem to have similar solutions.