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RE: [hwarncke@Adobe.COM: Re: [dav-dev] Depth Infinity Requests]

From: Jim Davis <jrd3@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 14:14:03 -0700
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To: WebDAV WG <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
At 05:58 PM 7/6/00 +0100, Gary Barnett wrote:
>I think that creating a specification that builds in non-deterministic
>behaviour would be a real pain.
>
>I think that the idea of passing a depth value (with perhaps a default value
>which all servers support) makes sense from a client perspective.

What we gain from the indeterminacy is flexibility.  Otherwise, we either
set the minimum standard high (and rule out cheap implementations) or set
it low (thus requiring all clients to use inefficient methods, and making
powerful implementations either useless or non-standard.)

Yaron put it like this

"The client proposes, the server disposes".

Clients should ask for what they want, and be prepared to get less than that.
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