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Re: Recognizing a WebDAV enabled client

From: Michael Wechner <michael.wechner@wyona.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 15:55:22 +0200
Message-ID: <44A52D4A.9000602@wyona.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
CC: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org

Julian Reschke wrote:
> Michael Wechner schrieb:
>>> Why would the server care?
>> because the server might be able to handle different versions of 
>> WebDAV. I think this makes sense
>> for backward and forward compatibility reasons.
> Well, so far there are no different versions, so the server doesn't 
> need to know.

but I guess there will be someday ;-)
> If a spec revision or an extension should introduce a change where the 
> server does need to know, the client *then* can send the DAV request 
> header, as defined in 
> <http://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/draft-ietf-webdav-rfc2518bis-15.html#dav-header>. 

ok. Do you know by any chance why BIND in particular is using this header?
>> Also the server might want to deliver a different response, e.g. if 
>> the GET request is being issued from a regular Web-Browser,
>> then the server might respond with a common (X)HTML, but if the GET 
>> request is being issued from Cadaver or OpenOffice then
>> the server might respond with an ODT file.
> Well, that's what the HTTP "Accept" request header is for.

right, this might makes sense for formats. But I would argue with 
another usecase, namely Custom Authentication
instead of HTTP authentication (BASIC or DIGEST).

Let's assume a resource is protected and a server would like to offer 
custom authentication, e.g. it would send
a HTML to a regular browser and some WebDAV specific XML to a WebDAV 
enabled client, whereas I haven't digged into
WebDAV far enough how something like this could be handled by the WebDAV 

All the best

> > ...
> Best regards, Julian

Michael Wechner
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