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RE: Getcontentlength & GetContentType

From: Dylan Barrell <dbarrell@opentext.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 11:05:13 -0400
To: "Julian Reschke" <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, "Rickard Falk" <rickard.falk@excosoft.se>, <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NEBBIBDBCLDPAGPIKGMCKEMNEAAA.dbarrell@opentext.com>
What does it mean to have a property that must be defined, but has no
meaningful value?

It means your spec has a design flaw.

What is an example of such a thing?

--Dylan

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org
> [mailto:w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Julian Reschke
> Sent: Monday, August 27, 2001 10:43 AM
> To: Dylan Barrell; Rickard Falk; w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
> Subject: RE: Getcontentlength & GetContentType
>
>
> WebDAV should still say what it means if a property "must be defined", but
> doesn't have a value...
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org
> > [mailto:w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Dylan Barrell
> > Sent: Monday, August 27, 2001 4:36 PM
> > To: Rickard Falk; w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
> > Subject: RE: Getcontentlength & GetContentType
> >
> >
> > GET on a collection is not covered by DAV. You want to get the
> > contents of a
> > collection, then do a PROPFIND.
> >
> > You therefore don't have to maintain those proprties for
> collections (they
> > also don't make sense).
> >
> > --Dylan
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org
> > > [mailto:w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Rickard Falk
> > > Sent: Monday, August 27, 2001 9:53 AM
> > > To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
> > > Subject: Getcontentlength & GetContentType
> > >
> > >
> > > What should I respond if a client asks for the properties
> > > Getcontentlength or GetContentType on a collection?
> > > The spec states:
> > > "The getcontentlength property MUST be defined on any
> > >    DAV compliant resource that returns the Content-Length header in
> > >    response to a GET."
> > >
> > > But it doesn't say, if the value a supposed to be the same as if
> > > I perform a 'Get' on that url. The collection itself doesn't
> > > normally have a content, so does this mean that if the collection
> > > have a default page. That it should return the values of that
> > > page? Or if the server is set to send a generated HTML page
> > > listing the children, should the values be text/html and the size
> > > of that page?
> > >
> > > Or have I missed something in the spec?
> > >
> > > /Rickard Falk
> >
Received on Monday, 27 August 2001 11:06:16 GMT

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