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Re: Standardizing Batch methods?

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2007 12:08:10 +0200
Message-ID: <47075E8A.6090402@gmx.de>
To: markus.litz@dlr.de
CC: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org

markus.litz@dlr.de wrote:
> Hello,
> are there any plans for standardizing Batch methods in WebDAV? Is there
> a spec that could be discussed or are there real alternatives to
> transactions in WebDAV?

I'm not aware of any plans. Things I *am* aware of are:

- two documents for which documentation was requested (BIND, SEARCH) -- 
waiting for the IESG

- a proposal to work on an equivalent of CaldDAV for vCard. Potentially 
a WG will be formed for that, and there was some discussion about 
starting some separate documents simplifying this in the WebDAV stack 
(such as defining a request body for MKCOL, or extrating stuff like 
REPORT from RFC3253).

- maintenance of existing specs (RFC3253bis, RFC3744bis, RFC4918bis...).

> I searched in the WebDAV mailing list archive, but the last posts
> according to that issue are quite old. 

I would guess we'd need to come up with a problem statement first.

There are both batch calls and transaction support in Microsoft 
exchange, and as far as I recall these have the following issues:

Batch: underspecification, not clear whether it's good for retrieval 
because it bypasses caches.

Transactions: breaks GET, because specifying the transaction id as a 
request header essentially makes all requests content-negotiated.

So... what's the problem you're looking to solve?

Best regards, Julian
Received on Saturday, 6 October 2007 10:08:33 UTC

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