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Re: Proposal: WebDAV and transaction

From: B. Shadgar <shadgar@cs.bris.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 18:26:50 +0100
Message-ID: <3D7F7CDA.E326CBD2@cs.bris.ac.uk>
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org

"Roy T. Fielding" wrote:

> I'll try to explain.  It is fundamental to HTTP that intermediaries
> are able to inspect the method of an HTTP request in order to
> the semantics of a request, and thereby its associated access control
> and/or authentication requirements.  What you are suggesting is that
> we bypass that feature in HTTP via a new syntax that tunnels arbitrary

> methods within XML via HTTP, effectively bypassing all of the benefits

> of using HTTP in the first place.
> Sound familiar? It should, since this is the same objection that I
> frequently given to the use of SOAP for tunneling arbitrary semantics
> though an HTTP POST method.
> Transactions can be accomplished by using a request to ask the server
> for a transaction context, possibly multi-level, and then sending
> the sequence of requests with a calculated transaction-request-id
> in the header fields, to each the server responds with 202 Accepted
> or an error, and finalized with a commit or abort method, to which
> the server responds with the appropriate message for the entire
> commit.  Such a transaction mechanism accomplishes the same thing
> without violating the requirements of HTTP.

Thanks for your explanation. You have open a new view to me. But I
am thinking is this way stateless or not?


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