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RE: Advanced collections and ordering

From: Jim Davis <jdavis@coursenet.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 12:20:36 -0700
Message-Id: <4.1.19990421121400.00a30780@research.coursenet.com>
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Not sure anyone ever answered you Max

At 06:56 PM 3/9/99 +0000, Max Rible wrote:
>At 14:33 3/9/99 +0000, Slein, Judith A wrote:

>>The server is required only to insure that, for collections that are
>>ordered, every collection member appears in the ordering exactly once and no
>>resource that is not in the collection appears in its ordering.  Beyond
>>that, it's up to the client to insure that the ordering follows the
>>semantics identified by DAV:orderingtype.
>Are you saying that PROPFIND will always return elements in arbitrary
>order and that the client should take the rules and do the sorting itself?
>This seems at odds with the collection protocol.

No, the server preserves the order that the client established.

In the base WebDAV spec, the state of a collection includes the set of
members, but not the order of elements in the set.  Hence a server could
return a different (random) order each time.  In an ordered collection, the
state includes not only the set but also the order.

The server does not know the meaning of the order, and does nothing to
enforce it.  It just promises not to randomize it.

Is this clear now?

If you think Judy's language was confusing please suggest better language
that would have made this clearer.

Best regards


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Received on Wednesday, 21 April 1999 15:17:00 UTC

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