Export metadata for user roles

Mar 12, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Has anybody played around with the idea of using export metadata to indicate an intended user role?

An example where this might be useful is for a dashboard where dashboard widgets are intended for certain user roles. The widgets could be imported and filtered based on the current user's role.

Any thoughts on whether using export metadata for this purpose is good/bad?

Mar 12, 2010 at 9:06 PM

I have done prototyping on this with a custom filtered export provider / filtered catalog providing filtering based on that metadata. The filter applies against parts ensuring only those that match on the users role pass through. Personally I think it is a reasonable approach.