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RE: FW: I-D ACTION:draft-dusseault-dav-quota-01.txt

From: Clemm, Geoff <gclemm@rational.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 12:23:43 -0400
Message-ID: <E4F2D33B98DF7E4880884B9F0E6FDEE2B2901E@SUS-MA1IT01>
To: "'WebDAV (E-mail)'" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Just to clarify, the proposal I was supporting was to replace
bytes with octets, not to leave the units unspecified.  I don't
think anyone wants to leave the units unspecified.  There is a
separate question of whether the units should to appear in the
property name ... I'd probably leave it off, for uniformity with
the rest of HTTP (it is the "Length" header, not the "Octet-Length"


-----Original Message-----
From: Elias [mailto:elias@cse.ucsc.edu]
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 11:11 AM
To: 'WebDAV (E-mail)'
Subject: Re: FW: I-D ACTION:draft-dusseault-dav-quota-01.txt


I feel pretty strongly that the units should be defined as bytes. This 
is a widely accepted standard unit of measure when talking about disk 
space used/available. If the unit is left undefined, the vast majority 
of servers would use some denomination of bytes as their unit of measure 
anyway, whether that be individual bytes, Kb, Mb, etc. Allowing this 
flexibility doesn't buy us much, just more unit conversions.

Furthermore, writing a generic client to support multiple units (on 
different server implementations) would rapidly become an exercise in 
finding out what unit the server was using. This would, in turn, require 
either another round trip or, more likely, the introduction of a new 
header value, thus unnecessarily raising the complexity of the world...


Lisa Dusseault wrote:

> [...] For the suggestion not to use 'bytes': I'm ok with 'octets' (is
there a
> difference important enough to make the change? ) but I reject the
> suggestion that it should be an unmeasured unit. It's useless to know
> that the quota is 33 frobnitzes and 18 frobnitzes have been used up if
> you want to have some hint if you can upload a 1.5 Mb file.
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