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RE: Issue: SOURCE_PROPERTY_UNDERSPECIFIED

From: Jim Whitehead <ejw@cse.ucsc.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 09:31:33 -0700
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>
Cc: "Webdav WG \(E-mail\)" <w3c-dist-auth@w3c.org>
Message-ID: <AMEPKEBLDJJCCDEJHAMIOEJEEMAA.ejw@cse.ucsc.edu>
Roy Fielding writes:
> In my opinion, WebDAV needs to solve this issue before progressing
> on the standards track.

I agree. Authoring access to an unprocessed source representation of a
resource has been a WebDAV goal from the very beginning (see Section 5.5 of
RFC 2291). Removing RFC 2518's mechanism for accomplishing this doesn't help
reach the goal -- it's just a punt.

Jason Crawford writes:
> But it's under specified and needs work, no interoperability
> has been determined, and no one has been yelling for it.

Julian Reschke writes:
> The issue that we have to resolve is that RFC2518 *does* specify
> a property that signals source resources, however the mechanism
> is underspecified, and because of that (and other reasons) we
> don't have interoperable implementations of it.

In what way(s) is this mechanism underspecified? From my perspective, it
provides sufficient information for an authoring client to discover a URL
where authoring can take place.

I assert that, given a few weeks of coding, we could easily demonstrate at
least two clients and two servers interoperating on this feature as
currently specified. There are no obvious technical impediments to doing so.

- Jim
Received on Monday, 13 May 2002 12:32:23 GMT

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