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AW: New Methods (was: Locking spec)

From: Florey, Daniel <dflorey@c1-fse.de>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 12:33:08 +0200
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Hi Elias,
you are right, this methods indeed are no WebDAV-methods.
But we have to face the fact, that the most widely spread WebDAV-software on client side is MS office and on server side (beside apache) is MS IIS/Exchange.
There is no problem with MS word as it is using a the basic WebDAV methods, but if you want to use Outlook via Web Access, the server needs to support many of the MS specific methods. This methods are also used by Evolution, a popular linux PIM-software. The exchange adapter is open source since a few weeks, so it will be even more popular in future.
So my proposal woud be to work out some drafts, that specifiy this batch, notification, transaction and search methods in a MS compatible way.
To put the transaction stuff into the locking spec is no good idea anyway, so if we decide to start new drafts for the above methods, it would be the better way to specify them in different drafts.
Anyone interested in this?

Von: w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org im Auftrag von Elias Sinderson
Gesendet: Do 03.06.2004 20:25
An: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Betreff: New Methods (was: Locking spec)

Daniel Florey wrote:

> [...] I'd like to add transaction support to the locking spec as
> described in
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/wss/wss/_esdk_arch_webdav_transactions.asp

I reading about the support for transactions at the URL included above,
I also saw that MS has introduced 'WebDAV notifications' as well. The
new methods they have developed to support this are SUBSCRIBE,
UNSUBSCRIBE, NOTIFY and POLL, and describe each as being a 'WebDAV
method'. Note further that MS has also defined batch versions of COPY,

I'm of the opinion that these methods aren't and should not be described
as 'WebDAV methods', for the obvious reason that they have not been
developed by the IETF WebDAV working group. Unfortunately, I'm not sure
what can be done about it either.


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