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email over webDAV as IMAP replacement?

From: robert burrell donkin <robertburrelldonkin@blueyonder.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 21:35:21 +0100
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Message-Id: <1152131721.4687.104.camel@knossos.elmet>

i'm interested in associating meta-data with emails stored in a central
repository accessible from multiple clients. on day i'd like to be able
to share my mails and meta-data over the internet.

but this is brings me to IMAP. as a developer, IMAP sucks. IMAP really
sucks. IMAP *really* sucks for so many reasons.

it's a big, complex, obscure protocol. good secure server
implementations are tough to code available only in a limit number of
languages. it does too much. it's just not safely hackable. 

webDAV is cool. it's a modern hackable mashable protocol. running over
http means security, scalability, caching and mirroring can be left to
httpd. this is great if i want to share my email archives and meta-data
over the internet. protocols have been successfully layered on top of it
(subversion, calDAV for example). it strikes me as a good match for an
IMAP alternative whose strength is read only performance and associating
meta-data with emails. 

has it been done before? is this just a crazy idea? 

tell me why it won't work!

- robert
Received on Wednesday, 5 July 2006 20:24:19 GMT

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