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RE: WebDAV Matrix

From: Jim Whitehead <ejw@cse.ucsc.edu>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 09:30:28 -0800
To: "WebDAV" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>, <flowney@mail.gcsu.edu>
> One of the things that I was hoping to find was a matrix of what
> applications could be used on what platforms with what limitations.
> For example, I have heard that Microsoft Office supports WebDAV but
> it's unclear as to whether that statement refers to:
> Mac: Office 2001 or Office X
> Win: Office 2000 or Office XP

Microsoft Office 2000 and XP support WebDAV on Windows platforms. This is
accessed via a feature called "Web Folders". An explanation of how to set up
and use Web Folders from the Windows file system can be found at:


From Office, once a Web Folder is created, you access it via the File ...
Open dialog box (a Web Folders icon is in the bottom left of the dialog

Mac versions of Office do not support WebDAV, as far as I know. The Mac
version of Office is a distinct code base from the Windows version.

Mac OS X supports mapping a WebDAV server to a drive -- I can't find any
documentation on the net for how to do this. Office on the Mac can
read/write to a DAV-mapped drive.

A fairly complete list of DAV-supporting applications can be found at:

(About 1/2 way down the page).

Adobe DAV-supporting applications (Photoshop, Illustrator 10, Acrobat 5,
InDesign 2, others...) support DAV evenly across the Mac and Windows

> ...and to what extent that support goes and how exactly one uses
> these apps to work with a WebDAV server.

This information would be great. We're a volunteer organization here, so if
you do develop this kind of information, we would gladly host it on

> The second question I was looking for guidance on has to do with how
> I might use WebDAV access with a fairly large group (50 or so) of
> editors who all work on various parts of a single web site.  The goal
> is to give them access that is easier for them than FTP yet keeps
> them apart (professor A cannot see or write to professor B's area and
> vice-versa).

You would map the information to spaces served by a DAV server, and then set
the local permissions in the DAV server such that only the appropriate
authors had access to specific areas (i.e., except for the being served by a
DAV server, the answer is much the same as for a local file system).

- Jim
Received on Friday, 15 March 2002 12:30:21 UTC

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