Deprecation notice: URL user and URL user password parameters

Overview

Many of our Bob Swift apps allow teams to access data from remote URLs by supplying a username and password in the URL user and URL user password parameters within the macro editor:

  • Advanced Tables for Confluence (Username and Password parameters) 

  • Code Pro for Confluence

  • Excel for Confluence

  • Graphviz Diagrams for Confluence

  • HTML for Confluence (User id for URL connection and Password for URL parameters)

  • Markdown for Confluence

To make remote data access easier and more secure, we implemented profiles as an alternative to these username and password parameters. Profiles are preconfigured by the administrator, so there's no need to enter any sensitive information into the macro editor. Users simply select the data source from a dropdown. With profiles being the recommended way to access data from external sites, we are removing the URL user and URL password parameters on March 31, 2022 and they will no longer be supported. Anyone using those parameters will need to configure profiles and update any impacted macros before this deadline to ensure your pages continue to display properly. 

FAQ

How do I identify which macros I need to update? 

There are a few options to see how often a macro is used:

  1. Go to Settings (cog menu) > General Configuration > Macro Usage (see these instructions).

  2. Search for macros using CQL by following these instructions.

  3. For Server/DC, you can follow these instructions to pull a list using SQL.

Here are the impacted macros for each app

  • Advanced Tables for Confluence

    • csv

    • json-table

  • Code Pro for Confluence

    • code-pro

  • Excel for Confluence

    • excel

  • Graphviz Diagrams for Confluence

    • flowchart

    • graphviz

    • graph

    • digraph

    • plantuml (Server/DC only)

  • HTML for Confluence

    • html (Server/DC only)

    • html-bobswift

    • xslt

  • Markdown for Confluence

    • markdown-url

How do I set up profiles? 

Please refer to the app-specific documentation pages below to learn how to create profiles.

When do I need to take action? 

We recommend making necessary updates as soon as possible to avoid any potential security risks and to make sure your pages display properly. The parameters will be fully removed on March 31, 2022.

What if I have questions?  

If you have questions, reach out to our support team. We're happy to help!