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RE: use of attribute to qualify property value

From: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 17:46:57 -0700
Message-ID: <3FF8121C9B6DD111812100805F31FC0D087931F8@RED-MSG-59>
To: "'Jim Davis'" <jdavis@coursenet.com>, ietf-dav-versioning@w3.org
Cc: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
As explained in detail in
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-dist-auth/1998JulSep/0084.html XML
attributes are a bad idea. 

The use of attributes invariably indicates an ill considered data structure.

In this case they are used to avoid dealing with the issues of properties on
properties. Let us not avoid these hard problems but grabble them head on.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Davis [mailto:jdavis@coursenet.com]
> Sent: Mon, May 17, 1999 4:35 PM
> To: ietf-dav-versioning@w3.org
> Cc: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
> Subject: use of attribute to qualify property value
> In at least two places, the DeltaV draft protocol (Kaler et 
> al, Jan 20,
> 1999) uses an attribute value to qualify the value of the 
> property returned
> in a PROPFIND.  (The two places I've noticed are 5.2 
> defaulthistory, which
> uses the limit attribute and 5.4 directlineage, which uses the scope
> attribute).
> This is a little funny, for two reasons
> 1. As far as I know, WebDAV has never settled whether XML 
> attributes are
> part of a property value (with the exception of the xml:lang 
> attribute). A
> client can certainly store a property whose value includes 
> attributes, but
> it's not clear that the server MUST preserve the attributes.  
> (Please don't
> argue with me about whether it should or should not, all I am 
> saying is
> that, to the best of my knowledge, it's an unsettled controversy)
> 2. It seems weird to me that the value one gets back is 
> affected by the
> attribute.  It's not like I expect proxies to be caching the values of
> PROPFIND, but I would like some guidance as a client writer 
> about when two
> properties can meaningfully be compared.  Clearly, in this 
> case, they can't
> if the attributes differ.  Would you propose that, in 
> general, a property
> can only be compared if all attributes are exactly the same?  
> This isn't
> unreasonable, but I would like this settled for WebDAV in 
> general, and not
> by accidental precedent in DeltaV
> best regards 
> Jim
> ps I'm new to DeltaV, apologies if this has already come up
Received on Monday, 17 May 1999 20:47:05 UTC

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