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Re: Recognizing a WebDAV enabled client

From: Manfred Baedke <manfred.baedke@greenbytes.de>
Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2006 16:20:35 +0200
Message-ID: <44A927B3.8070209@greenbytes.de>
To: Michael Wechner <michael.wechner@wyona.com>
CC: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Hi Michael,
> well, if there would be a standard than I don't think this should be a 
> problem. My suggestion would be that
> the client sends a WWW-Authenticate header of its supported 
> authentication schemes to the server and
> the server then checks if one of the client's suggested authentication 
> schemes is support by the server
> and is able to respond appropriately resp. responding with an 
> exception in the sense, that none of the suggested
> authentication schemes is supported.

The use of WWW-Authenticate as a request header is unspecified.
Usually, it works just the other way round: the client makes an 
unauthenticated request, then the server responds with status 401, 
sending an WWW-Authenticate header containing at least one auth challenge:


Of course, the client can try preemptive authentication in it's initial 

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