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RE: Issue: Requiring server to use / terminated URL for returned collections

From: Lisa Dusseault <lisa@xythos.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 10:27:45 -0700
To: "'Clemm, Geoff'" <gclemm@rational.com>, "'Webdav WG'" <w3c-dist-auth@w3c.org>
Message-ID: <007401c25e6f$8964ca60$b701a8c0@xythoslap>

I dug out another testimonial to the interoperability problems of not
consistently using trailing slashes. 

Geoff Alexander said:
"We are developing a WebDAV server and have encountered interoperability
problem with request on collections in which the resource does not have
a
trailing slash.  Where do things stand on this issue?  Our testing
indicates
that the above does not work in the real world.  For example, both IE 5
and
Netscape 4.7 do not properly process relative references in response to
a
GET request on a collection without the trailing slash..  I guess one
could
say that IE and Netscape only support the HTTP protocol and not WebDAV
protocol, but then our server would have to determine whether the
request
was HTTP or WebDAV (which is not a workable solution).  Also, we have
encountered interoperability problem with other WebDAV clients."

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-dist-auth/2002AprJun/0247.html

lisa
Received on Tuesday, 17 September 2002 13:41:00 GMT

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