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Re: DIFF method

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 15:03:21 +0100
Message-ID: <441EB629.7020507@gmx.de>
To: werner.donne@re.be
CC: Geoffrey M Clemm <geoffrey.clemm@us.ibm.com>, ietf-dav-versioning@w3.org

Werner Donné wrote:
> Geoffrey M Clemm wrote:
>> I wasn't questioning the desirability (from a client's perspective) of
>> having a DIFF method, but was just pointing out that the challenge is
>> to come up with a standard result format that more than one server will
>> be willing/able to produce.
> 
> I don't see why there should be a standard result format. There are by
> definition many, because there are many content types. For some a diff
> may even not be possible. There can also be several result formats
> for the same content type. That is a matter of representation.
> 
>> Cheers,
>> Geoff
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Werner.

Werner,

a standard DIFF method is of little use unless there is at least one 
general purpose diff format that clients can rely on being present.

Note that last time people tried to define an HTTP PATCH method (I think 
Nov 2004 on the HTTP mailing list), we came across the very same issue.

Best regards, Julian
Received on Monday, 20 March 2006 14:11:33 GMT

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