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RE: Clarification of URI vs. Resource

From: Jim Whitehead <ejw@ics.uci.edu>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 16:09:38 -0800
To: "Slein, Judith A" <JSlein@crt.xerox.com>, WEBDAV WG <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Message-ID: <003901be0f63$11bc88e0$d115c380@galileo.ics.uci.edu>

Judy Slein writes:
> In the advanced collections spec, where references are discussed, things
> already behave more like what you describe.  It's the reference that is a
> member of the collection, so when the collection gets deleted, the
> references (not the resources they point to) get deleted with the
> collection.  So you can never delete a resource by deleting a reference to
> it -- not even by deleting the last reference to it.

The DAV spec. follows the convention of the HTTP spec. for DELETE, which is
that DELETE doesn't just break the mapping between URL and resource, it also
deletes the resource as well.  As a result, it made sense, when extending
DELETE to collections, to delete all resources as well as breaking the
mapping between URLs and resources.

- Jim
Received on Friday, 13 November 1998 19:10:36 GMT

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