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Re: MKCOL for making collections

From: Alexandre Bertails <bertails@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:35:46 -0500
Message-ID: <50FEB1D2.1080201@w3.org>
To: public-ldp-wg@w3.org
On 01/22/2013 10:17 AM, Steve Speicher wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM, Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net> wrote:
>> ISSUE-36: Can applications create new containers?
>>
>> We cannot make a collection by POSTing a doument on a collection, since that
>> creates a resource. We therefore would need a different HTTP Method to do this.
>>
>
> Why can't we do this?  A Container/Collection IS a resource.  So
> therefore POST'ing the representation of it seems like the most
> obvious way to create one.

I agree with Henry's premises: this way of creating containers should
be discussed. The reason is that this strategy forces you to look into
each RDF document that is POSTed, to search for the triples saying
"hey, by the way, I'm an LDPC!".

It's not that it's impossible, it's just very annoying in practice. So
it's at least not perfect.

Alexandre.

>
>> I suggest MKCOL from WebDAV, since it is already defined.
>>
>>
>>     http://restpatterns.org/HTTP_Methods/MKCOL
>>
>>
>> The content of the body, could be Triples that describe things
>> that can be put into the collection. As it happens that is not
>> defined yet it seems, so we can define it.
>>
>>    Any thoughts on that?  I'll try implementing that.
>>
>
> Seems like we'd have to dig into more of what the semantics of that
> verb says [1] but feels a little like we'd have to adapt more of
> WebDAV instead of just reusing the verb and giving it our own special
> meaning.
>
> [1] - http://www.webdav.org/specs/rfc2518.html#METHOD_MKCOL
>
>> Henry
>>
>> Social Web Architect
>> http://bblfish.net/
>>
>
>
>
> --
> - Steve
>
>
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