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RE: Prelim. DAV spec.

From: Gregory J. Woodhouse <gjw@wnetc.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 1996 05:47:06 -0800 (PST)
To: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>
cc: "'Daniel W. Connolly'" <connolly@beach.w3.org>, "'Jim Whitehead'" <ejw@rome.ICS.UCI.EDU>, "'w3c-dist-auth@w3.org'" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SGI.3.95.961031052052.19154E-100000@shellx.best.com>
On Wed, 30 Oct 1996, Yaron Goland wrote:
> No we mean representation(s), meaning one or more than one representations 
> of a resource. Where representation is defined as in HTTP 1.1.

Should it be made explicit that it might be necessary to edit different
representations of the same reource separately?

> representation
>   An entity included with a response that is subject to content
>   negotiation, as described in section 12. There may exist multiple
>   representations associated with a particular response status.

Actually, an entity only exists in the context of an HTTP message, but the
representation has an existence independent of any such messages.

> The key here is that we are not just talking about an entity, we are 
> talking about a content negotiated entity. I have removed all references to 
> entity and replaced them with representation.
You mean negotiable representation of a resource. I know I'm being pedantic
but entities are parts of messages.

> Of edit and update, pick one.

> So I think it should say "... no longer intends to update a resource."
> Update is a loaded term. I prefer edit. I have modified the draft to use 
> edit.
That's probably better. I think of update as a database operation.
> >merge
> >     A merge is the process whereby a resource represented by one URI is
> >     combined with a resource represented by a second URI. Merges can 
> occur
> >     at the client or the server.
> @@hmmm...
> merge
> A merge is the process whereby information from one or more resources is 
> used to produce a new resource that represents the content of the component 
> resources. Merges can occur at the client or the server.

I think of merge as an asymmetric operation which does not produce a new
resource (though a new version o an existing resource). To illustate, if A
and B are tables with the same scheme, mergeing B into A replaces A with a
table containing all relations present in either A or B. This would be
different from a JOIN which would produce an entirely new table.
> >server diff
> >     A server diff is a mechanism whereby the server compares two or more
> >     representations, and sends the client a message containing a summary 
> of
> >     the differences between the entities.
> s/representations/entities/.

No. Representations exist on the server. Entities are returned in messages.

> server diff
> A server diff is a mechanism whereby the server compares two or more 
> representations and sends the client a message containing the differences. 
Gregory Woodhouse     gjw@wnetc.com
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Received on Thursday, 31 October 1996 08:53:06 UTC

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