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RE: Some problems with the WebDAV protocol

From: Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 01:13:46 -0700 (PDT)
To: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <frystyk@w3.org>
cc: ejw@ics.uci.edu, w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.95.990420010940.32541A-100000@ns1.lyra.org>
On Mon, 19 Apr 1999, Henrik Frystyk Nielsen wrote:
> At 13:12 4/19/99 -0700, Jim Whitehead wrote:
> >The rationale for the extra constraints on PUT in WebDAV is:
> >
> >* Prevention of creation of intermediate collections on user error.
> IMO, it seems out of bounce to impose a MUST requirement in order to
> prevent a "user error" - especially because the "error" doesn't break
> anything in the protocol or leads to interoperability problems.
> This is why it is stated as it is in HTTP/1.1 - it is left to the server to
> decide whether it wants to create the new location or not. As Yoram points
> out, some servers already do that and others don't.
> Removing the MUST requirement would also eliminate any problem with
> HTTP/1.1 clients - removing their capability of creating resources is in my
> mind not a good transition strategy.

But since *some* servers do not create the intermediate collections (as
you and Yoram have stated), isn't it a requirement that HTTP/1.1 clients
need to somehow deal with them?

Since they must deal with them, then why is it a problem that a certain
subset of the servers they work against will exhibit this behavior? (those
declaring Class 1 DAV conformance)


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
Received on Tuesday, 20 April 1999 04:15:45 UTC

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