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RE: structured documents [draft-hopmann-collection-props-00.txt]

From: Jim Whitehead <ejw@ics.uci.edu>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 10:04:24 -0800
To: WEBDAV WG <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000101be3e55$fcc0f940$d115c380@galileo.ics.uci.edu>

> Is the nature and behaviour of structured documents specified at any other
> place in webdav specs? I note the term for the first time in "1.7 The
> isstructureddocument Property". Just to check, I went back through
> "draft-ietf-webdav-protocol-10" and find that the word
> "structured" appears in generic or colloquial senses only and that
> there is neither a description of the content nor one of the behaviour
> of such a resource.

You are correct -- structured (or compound) documents are not well defined
in any existing WebDAV specifications.

> If this document (draft-hopmann-collection-props-00.txt) is the only place
> where the term appears, then a more extensive definition and a distinction
> between structured documents and generic collections are necessary.

This seems quite reasonable -- otherwise, how would you know how to set the
property value?

> for
> instance, is the intended hierarchy
>  collection
>    structured-document
>      directory
> or is it
>  collection
>    structured-document
>    directory
> ?

I don't follow this, since my understanding of what is meant by structured
document in the WebDAV sense isn't covered by these two cases.  Could you
give some examples of what you mean here?

I'll let Lisa speak to her intent is when she says "structured document".

- Jim
Received on Tuesday, 12 January 1999 13:07:43 UTC

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