Referring to the same document, [httpd.apache.org...] on Authentication, Authorization, and Access. It says -
"The AuthName directive sets the Realm to be used in the authentication. ........
So, for example, once a client has authenticated in the "Restricted Files" area, it will automatically retry the same password for any area on the same server that is marked with the "Restricted Files" Realm. Therefore, you can prevent a user from being prompted more than once for a password by letting multiple restricted areas share the same realm. Of course, for security reasons, the client will always need to ask again for the password whenever the hostname of the server changes."
My set up =
.htaccess, realm "restricted" --> directory C:/Docs
what about ? sub - dir c:/Docs/January
Do I need a new .htaccess file with realm "restrictied" in the sub-dir January, or does the realm extend downwards to protect the sub-dirs with the userid/password login?