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Re: Baby steps

From: John Turner <johnt@cgocable.net>
Date: Sun, 09 Aug 1998 13:05:33 +0600
Message-Id: <199808091707.NAA11563@mail.cgocable.net>
To: <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Our PCDOCS products leave the choice up to the administrator.  As Bruce
says, there are customers who want to be able to change non-leaf nodes.  If
WebDAV forces this it will reduce its usefulness for our products and customers.

At 11:34 AM 8/7/98 -0600, you wrote:
>I'm not saying there aren't valid reasons for forcing new versions, just
that this should be up to the server and not the spec.  I know we aren't the
only document management system that doesn't force it, and having the spec
require this would break the model of any DMS out there that currently
leaves it to the user.
>As we've asked many, many customers about this, only about 20% want forced
automatic versioning.  Another 50% or so would like the *option*.  In many
cases, administrators are very much against the automatic versioning because
of the disk space required to maintain such a system (unless you only save
diffs, which isn't the case with us).
>So let me propose this, and anyone can tell me why this won't work:  The
spec should leave it up to the server to force or not force.  There would be
a method of discovery for clients to determine what the server's rule is.

John Turner
Received on Sunday, 9 August 1998 13:06:52 UTC

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