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Re: Hierarchical URLs and Collections

From: John Stracke <francis@netscape.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 11:10:08 -0700
Message-ID: <35DB14FF.B6C374DE@netscape.com>
To: "'WebDAV'" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
CC: "Falkenhainer, Brian" <Brian_Falkenhainer@mc.xerox.com>, "Garnaat, Mitchell" <MGarnaat@crt.xerox.com>, "'Jim Davis'" <jdavis@parc.xerox.com>, masinter@parc.xerox.com
Yaron Goland wrote:

> As such I encourage the various document vendors who need a flat namespace
> to involve themselves in the DAV versioning effort and to ensure that the
> commands and properties created by that effort are sufficiently versatile to
> allow for arbitrary state graph manipulation.

But that would wreck the versioning system.  Versioning doesn't want to permit
arbitrary manipulation of the version graph; versioning needs to provide a few
well-defined operations (e.g., check in, check out) which manipulate the
version graph in legal ways.  Arbitrary manipulation fo the graph would permit
things like declaring that version 1.13 descends from version 1.1 instead of
1.12, which means you lose the audit trail that versioning provides.

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