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RE: Interoperability event?

From: WJCarpenter <bill@carpenter.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 12:40:34 -0700
Message-ID: <4295-Fri24Sep1999124034-0700-bill@carpenter.ORG>
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
>> > 3. Organizing an interoperability event
>> Why? I know bake offs are popular but WebDAV seems to have been
>> having a continual back off for months now just by having folks put
>> their implementations on the net. Unless I have seriously missed
>> something it seems to work damn well.

jw> While it's true there have been lots of good experiences testing
jw> clients and servers over the net, with each server having a test
jw> location at a known address, these tests have been limited in some
jw> ways.  Existing clients don't test the full range of capabilities
jw> of WebDAV -- none use PROPPATCH, and Depth locking is not used
jw> either.  So, one purpose of such an event would be to do more
jw> thorough compiance testing, as well as just interoperability.
jw> But, still, this could potentially be done remotely.

Another important purpose of a bake-off, whether held in a single
location or done over a wide area, is to get demonstrable buy-in from
the purveyors of clients and servers.  In the context of a mailing
list, it's just too easy for someone to Keep-Their-Mouth-Shut when
problems with a particular implementation are mentioned.  If that
happens in the context of a bake-off, the silence or non-participation
can in and of itself be interpreted as a statement of intent.  It's
both a cultural and a process difference.

This is not a hypothetical problem for WebDAV.
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