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Re: RFC2518 (WebDAV) / RFC2396 (URI) inconsistency

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2001 09:51:43 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200111221451.JAA16896@markbaker.ca>
To: stefan.eissing@greenbytes.de (Stefan Eissing)
Cc: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org (WebDAV), uri@w3.org
> Unfortunately, "DAV:" is no legal URI reference either. RFC 2396
> explicitly forbids ':' in relative path's first segment...

Darn, I thought I checked this.  I assume the reason for this is to
allow disambiguation between absolute and relative URI references.
But, "dav:" isn't a valid URI reference of any kind, so what if we
<holds-breath/> updated 2396 to allow ":" as the last character of
the relative path's first segment?  Would that break anything?

A change to 2396 is obviously a serious thing, but so is not
breaking WebDAV, despite its quirkiness wrt namespaces.

Mark Baker, CSO, Planetfred.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.
Received on Thursday, 22 November 2001 09:46:34 UTC

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