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DASL Working Group Approved

From: Alex Hopmann <hopmann@holonet.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 11:54:09 -0800
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To: <www-webdav-dasl@w3.org>
We are now official.


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To: IETF-Announce: ;
Subject: WG ACTION: DAV Searching and Locating (dasl)
From: The IESG <iesg-secretary@ietf.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 10:15:05 -0500

A new working group has been formed in the Applications Area of the
IETF. Please contact the Chair for additional information.

DAV Searching and Locating (dasl)
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 Current Status: Active Working Group
 
 Chair(s):
     Alex Hopmann <alexhop@microsoft.com>
 
 Applications Area Director(s): 
     Keith Moore  <moore@cs.utk.edu>
     Patrik Faltstrom  <paf@swip.net>
 
 Applications Area Advisor: 
     Keith Moore  <moore@cs.utk.edu>
 
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Description of Working Group:
 
The goal of this working group is to define and develop an extensible
DAV Searching and Locating protocol as an application of HTTP.  The
working group will define protocol elements that enable server-executed
queries to locate resources based upon their property values and text
content as expressed by the DAV data model.

Problem Definition

WEBDAV and HTTP enable client-side searching by defining a simple set of
mechanisms (the PROPFIND and GET methods) to locate those resources
meeting client-defined criteria. These mechanisms can be inefficient, do
not adequately deal with some simple content-based queries, and do not
take advantage of the advanced querying and caching capabilities of
modern storage systems.

The DASL Protocol will enable a HTTP/1.1 compliant scheme for
server-side searching to address these limitations. The working group
will define the following for a server-side searching mechanism:

- How to express the search: the syntax and semantics of a query
- How to focus the query by identifying its scope
- How to discover the search capability of a resource.
- The syntax for the search results

Working Group Scope

A generalized search mechanism is a broad problem space. It encompasses
a variety of object models, typing schemes, and media. By focusing on a
subset of this space, the problem of locating resources based on
property values and text content, the working group will leverage much
of the existing work that has been done on querying under simple
property and resource models.

In-Scope items include:
- typing
- comparisons (>, >=, <, <=, !=, ==)
- internationalized content
- text content matching
- dealing with arbitrary XML values

Out-of-scope items include:
- definitions of well-known properties
- server-to-server communication protocols
- cross-language comparisons
- searching for non-text content (images, video, audio, etc.)
- client control of server administration (e.g. indexing)

Deliverables

The final output of this working group is expected to be two documents:

(1) A requirements document, that describes the high-level functional
requirements for DASL, including rationale. This will be an
Informational document.

(2) A protocol specification describing the additions to HTTP (new
methods, headers, request bodies, and response bodies) needed to
implement the DASL requirements. This will be a Standards Track
document.
 
 Goals and Milestones: 
 
   Dec 98       Complete Scenarios document.


   Jan 99       Create final version of DASL requirements document.  Submit
to 
                IESG for consideration as an Informational RFC.


   Mar 99       Complete revisions to DASL protocol. Submit to IESG for 
                consideration as a Proposed Standard.                 

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