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Re: Client Option for Strong References

From: John Stracke <francis@netscape.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 09:55:47 -0700
Message-ID: <361CEE92.EC91D0C8@netscape.com>
To: "'WebDAV'" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Marcus Jager wrote:

> Type A references cannot be "dangling" since they reference a specific
> location irrespective of the existence of a resource there.

I don't think this is a useful viewpoint.  They are dangling in a very real
sense: if you do a GET on them, you get an error.  That error is going to have
to be 404 (unless we define a new one and confuse all the existing clients),
which means that, as far as a client is concerned, the reference doesn't
exist--the client doesn't know that the 404 applies to the target.  If the
client then comes along and does a PUT on this location that it believes to be
empty, the server will perform the PUT at the target location.  I believe that
this kind of confusion is going to be a very bad thing.

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