Re: Distributed Authoring Proposals

Yaron Goland (
Fri, 21 Mar 1997 12:02:15 -0800

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From: Yaron Goland <>
To: "'Roy T. Fielding'" <fielding@kiwi.ICS.UCI.EDU>,
Subject: RE: Distributed Authoring Proposals 
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 12:02:15 -0800

But how do you feel about PUT w/the Source header? That solves the
message/external-body problem.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Roy T. Fielding [SMTP:fielding@kiwi.ICS.UCI.EDU]
> Sent:	Friday, March 21, 1997 10:39 AM
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject:	Re: Distributed Authoring Proposals 
> >I suggest considering eliminating COPY and instead using
> >PUT, but when the value being PUT is Content-Type:
> >message/external-body, then the server can copy the data
> >from the original source.
> I disagree.  Doing a PUT of a message/external-body means you want
> to create or replace a resource that consists of a
> message/external-body.
> The same problem applies with using multipart/related to imply a
> different
> action than that requested by the method.
> Not surprisingly, I prefer COPY for asking the server to perform a
> copy,
> and the PATCH method for asking the server to perform a partial
> update.
> PATCH had the additional benefit that it was independent of
> content-type,
> and thus I wouldn't have to argue with Fabio about VTML or the MIME
> folks
> about multipart/mixed+message/partial or any number of other data
> formats
> that are great for some tasks and not for others.
> These and other failed attempts at standardizing WEBDAV functionality
> within HTTP can be seen in 
> 01.html
> .....Roy