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Re: DAV properties and advanced collections

From: Jim Davis <jdavis@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 15:22:35 PDT
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To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
At 01:55 PM 6/10/98 PDT, Judith Slein wrote:
>I have some general confusions about DAV: properties.
>1. Can a client create a DAV: property using PROPPATCH?  Could a client
>create DAV:ordering on a collection at a location that doesn't comply with
>the ordered collections part of WebDAV?  Could a client create some DAV:
>property not defined in any WebDAV specification?

Nothing in WebDAV prohibits it, so I would say yes to all three.  In
general, dav properties are read-only, but nothing says that *all* dav
properties must be read-only.  

If your concern is that a client might set a property, expecting it to be
live,  on a server that does not understand it?

>2.  Copy / Move behavior for properties in general depends on the value of
>propertybehavior in the request.  Does this apply to DAV: properties?  What
>would happen if the request specified "omit" and DAV:reftarget was present
>on the source resource, but the target location is on a basic DAV server?
>Would the DAV:reftarget property be missing from the new resource, or would
>it be present but dead?  What would happen if there was no propertybehavior
>specified? Would DAV:reftarget just become a dead property at the new

I think it would become dead.  The result would be zero-length resource but
it would presumably have both the dav:resourcetype set to dav:refmember and
the dav:reftarget set to the target.    This should work fine.

On the other hand, doing a  COPY that explicitly allowed dav:refintegrity
to be omitted would mean one was taking a risk.  No reason to forbid it
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