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Remote publishing via PUT/POST

From: Steve Heaney <heaney@cambridge.scr.slb.com>
Date: Thu, 11 May 95 14:15:06 BST
Message-Id: <9505111315.AA22854@cambridge.scr.slb.com>
To: www-talk@www10.w3.org

I'm trying to get a feel for the current state of play regarding remote 
publishing via the Web.  I would appreciate if anyone can fill in any 
gaps.  So far I've got the following:

 - PUT and POST have been in HTTP/1.0 for a long time although largely 
   unnused.  (The latest Internet draft (12-May-95) [1] however refers 
   to "current implementations of the POST and PUT methods" (7.2) - where 
   are they?).

 - The current implementations I am aware of are the "intelligent 
   publishing environment" from Georgia Inst. of Technology [2] and 
   the Symposia editor/browser [3] from Grif and INRIA.

 - a method for file upload does not yet seem to be agreed upon although 
   there is a draft proposal [5] from Nebel, Masinter at Xerox.
   (Several questions over the past few months on www-talk on this).

 - the CERN server supports PUT/POST via external scripts (this is used 
   by Symposia).  Symposia documentation implies that more complete 
   support in the CERN/W3O server is on its way [4].

And some questions:

 - are there any browsers supporting file upload and PUT (aside from 

 - are there any servers with generic PUT and POST support other than 
   CERN httpd?

 - when can we hope to see broad support from clients/servers?

 - is forms-based file upload a prerequesite for remote publishing using 
   current Web browsers?

Thanks in advance,


[1] http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/Protocols/HTTP1.0/draft-ietf-http-spec.html
[2] Pitkow, Jones
[3] http://symposia.inria.fr/
[4] http://symposia.inria.fr/symposia/userdoc/put/writable-server.html
[5] ftp://ds.internic.net/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-html-fileupload-02.txt
Received on Thursday, 11 May 1995 09:18:39 UTC

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