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RE: Docushare and WebDAV model

From: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 17:59:57 -0700
Message-ID: <3FF8121C9B6DD111812100805F31FC0D029717BA@red-msg-59.dns.microsoft.com>
To: "'John Stracke'" <francis@netscape.com>, ejw@ics.uci.edu
Cc: "Falkenhainer, Brian C" <BFalkenhainer@crt.xerox.com>, w3c-dist-auth@w3.org, "Garnaat, Mitchell" <MGarnaat@crt.xerox.com>
Would not references solve the problem? Your entire namespace is flat and
your collections contain nothing but references.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Stracke [mailto:francis@netscape.com]
> Sent: Thursday, August 06, 1998 3:47 PM
> To: ejw@ics.uci.edu
> Cc: Falkenhainer, Brian C; w3c-dist-auth@w3.org; Garnaat, Mitchell
> Subject: Re: Docushare and WebDAV model
> Jim Whitehead wrote:
> > Of course, from a user interface standpoint, exposing an 
> internal identifier
> > like a document id in the user interface is generally a bad idea,
> Yeah, well, a filename is an internal identifier, too.  :-)
> > Since the URL has actions embedded within it, it is unclear 
> to me how it
> > should react to non-GET requests.  For example, what should 
> the action be if
> > I perform a DELETE on
> > 
> http://demo.opentext.com/livelink/livelink?func=doc.browse&nod
> There are competing commands here -- the DELETE says to remove the
> <http://demo.opentext.com/livelink/livelink> while the stuff to the right
> the question mark indicates that a "doc.browse" operation is to be
> performed.  Weird, eh?  This is why I (and many others) think this
> is a poor design from an HTTP theory perspective, although we can
> appreciate how it easily maps into a CGI script implementation.

Actually, even with CGI, you can have URLs that look like heirarchies.
the above script, if you do a DELETE on
http://demo.opentext.com/livelink/livelink/nodes/22278, then the script will
invoked with PATH_INFO set to "/nodes/22278" and REQUEST_METHOD set to
"DELETE".  Some HTTP servers block methods they don't know about, but others
(e.g., Apache) just pass them right through.

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