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[Bug 52] "mandatory" properties

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Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 15:56:24 -0800
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------- Additional Comments From ejw@cs.ucsc.edu  2005-12-09 15:56 -------
It's unclear what the correct semantics are here. The latest draft takes a whack
at this in the definition of creationdate -- feedback is most welcome.

The general idea is that servers that cannot persistently store creationdate
should just not report this property at all (i.e., report it "Not Found").

Some other possibilities are:
* report an empty XML element (fear that clients won't handle this well)
* use an arbitrary time in the past (magic number, such as January 1, 1900) as a
* report the current time

The last two are perceived to likely work well with clients that, despite the
warnings in the specification, still try to use creationdate for synchronization.

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