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Re: email over webDAV as IMAP replacement?

From: Wilfredo Sánchez Vega <wsanchez@wsanchez.net>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2006 10:37:34 -0700
Message-Id: <D314493D-C7BD-4A14-9F11-365183A85530@wsanchez.net>
Cc: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
To: robert burrell donkin <robertburrelldonkin@blueyonder.co.uk>

   Jim Whitehead has in the past suggested that looking into this may  
be a good idea, but I don't think anyone has picked it up and run  
with it yet.  Seems to me like it might be interesting to try putting  
something together; go for it!

   Subversion isn't a good example, by the way; it basically  
shoehorns it's needs into existing DAV specs rather than coming up  
with something new, but CalDAV is a good example.


On Jul 5, 2006, at 1:35 PM, robert burrell donkin wrote:

> 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
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