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Re: Thoughts on relation to WebDAV

From: Werner Baumann <werner.baumann@onlinehome.de>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 22:08:31 +0200
Message-ID: <4839C73F.3060800@onlinehome.de>
CC: WebDAV <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>

Helge Hess wrote:
> I was wondering about that. I think the issue is that PROPFIND is only 
> defined by the WebDAV RFC. Just having an Allow: PROPFIND doesn't 
> necessarily imply that its the PROPFIND method with the payload as 
> specified in WebDAV?
As I read RFC 2616, it indeed allows the use of methods not defined in 
RFC 2616, and it proposes to announce this in an Allow-header in 
response to OPTIONS. No need for the DAV-header, when you only want to 
support PROPFIND.
Your concern it might not be the PROPFIND defined in RFC 4918. Now it's 
may part to ask: does that really matter in practice? WebDAV is around 
for some years. Do you expect there is another HTTP-PROPFIND-method?

But Julian's concerns seem to be WebDAV-clients written before somebody 
came up with the idea of implementing only parts of WebDAV. They will 
not use this. In my opinion you have to be patient, talk to client 
implementers or write your own client. Fooling older clients, by using 
protocol elements in a way, that clearly contradicts the specification 
(and that's what we are talking about), must not be done.

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