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Re: New Requirements Draft

From: Andre van der Hoek <andre@serl.cs.colorado.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 12:33:50 -0600
Message-Id: <199708271833.MAA25818@serl.cs.colorado.edu>
To: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>
cc: (wrong string) ürst'" <mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch>, "'Judith Slein'" <slein@wrc.xerox.com>, w3c-dist-auth@w3.org, andre@serl.cs.colorado.edu

>Would you care to back this up with some facts? What is a "serious" web
>site? Which of these "serious" web sites use variants? What percentage
>of all web sites are "serious" and use variants? What commercial systems
>deploy with built in support for variant handling? How many people use
>those systems? Of the people using those systems, how many actually use
>the variant features? How many web sites use variants as opposed to
>having a "choose English here" tag? How many web sites that use variants
>do so through their own custom code? How many web sites handle primarily
>language variants by having an initial detection of the accept-language
>tag and then redirect the person to an entire site in a single language?

Both Martin and Yaron are missing the point here. WebDAV is not only ment to
version Web pages, but instead if versioning documents. In that respect Martin
is right: variants are an integral and very important aspect of versioning, as
well as authoring. Therefore, regardless of the answers to the above questions,
I can point you to the series of SCM workshops that contains a large body of
literature on variants and its importance in versioning and development.

AS WebDAV is supposed to be generic, i.e., any type of document can be 
handlded by it, this issue should be addressed.

=== Andre ===

PS: One question of Yaron I just have to answer: "How many web sites use 
    variants as opposed to "choose English here" tag?". If there would 
    be adequate support for the handling of variants, all these web sites
    *would* use variants; but given the lack of adequate support, they
    are not. Boom, there is your requirement......
Received on Wednesday, 27 August 1997 14:37:36 UTC

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