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Re: allow use of multipart/form-data in draft-reschke-webdav-post

From: Arnaud Quillaud <Arnaud.Quillaud@Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 21:04:11 +0100
To: Petr Tomasek <tomasek@etf.cuni.cz>
Cc: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Message-id: <4AEF3B3B.30601@sun.com>
On 11/2/09 8:36 PM, Petr Tomasek wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 02, 2009 at 11:15:02AM +0100, Arnaud Quillaud wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Late comment on draft-reschke-webdav-post:
>> Browser based applications are not allowed to upload files from the
>> client filesystem by any mean other than using an HTML form containing a
>> file param and an enctype of multipart/form-data. As a consequence,
>> those applications have no way to upload local files to a WebDAV
>> repository using PUT (my knowledge of browser based technologies is
>> rather limited but I have found at least a few references to this
>> limitation).
>> http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-reschke-webdav-post could partially
>> solve this issue by simply allowing a multipart/form-data containing a
>> single subpart to be POSTed.
>> Modifying a resource by uploading it again would still not be possible
>> of course but that can be somehow workarounded.
>> Arnaud Quillaud
> Wouldn't it be easier (and a cleaner solution) if the browsers just supported PUT/WebDAV?
It might be cleaner but definitely not easier to get this standardized 
on all browsers (and have all legacy browsers disappear).

Found a page describing the behavior of different browsers at 

Arnaud Quillaud
> P.T.
Received on Monday, 2 November 2009 20:05:09 UTC

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