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7. Managing Publishing Workflows > Spotlight: Workbench Access

Spotlight: Workbench Access

In the previous sections of this chapter, we’ve created a taxonomy vocabulary and terms to organize the content on our site, and we’ve configured the main Workbench module to provide a workspace for our content editors. In this section, we’ll combine both modules to achieve another of this chapter’s goals: to allow content management to be delegated according to existing editorial groups.

As we’ve seen in the previous section, where we introduced Workbench, it is possible to extend Workbench using other modules that belong to the suite. One of those modules is Workbench Access.

Using Hierarchies to Define Access Control

Workbench Access allows an administrator to create access control mechanisms based on existing hierarchies on the site. Such hierarchies can be a menu or a taxonomy vocabulary. With Workbench Access, you can use those hierarchies to control which user has editorial access to certain content. For example, Workbench Access makes it possible to grant users of one role editorial access to content tagged with all terms of a certain vocabulary, while users of another role have access only to content tagged with one specific term within the same vocabulary.


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