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Re: DIFF method

From: Werner Donné <werner.donne@re.be>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 17:00:18 +0100
Message-ID: <441ED192.2080002@re.be>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: Geoffrey M Clemm <geoffrey.clemm@us.ibm.com>, ietf-dav-versioning@w3.org

Julian,

What would clients do with the format? Present the result?
Servers could generate HTML.

Regards,

Werner.

Julian Reschke wrote:
> 
> 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
> 
> 

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