RE: Some comments on the 1.1 draft
> From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:gtn@r...] > Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 10:52 PM > To: xml-dev@l... > Subject: Re: Some comments on the 1.1 draft > > > On Wednesday 19 December 2001 02:36 pm, Julian Reschke wrote: > > > I have never seen a reasonable way in WebDAV to even specify the > > > legal values for properties (schemas) so extended properties are > > > suspect at best. > > > > Well, that's missing. Correct. Has it stopped WebDAV's acceptance as an > > authoring protocol? No. > > No, but things like the lack of versioning, locking being > optional, etc. etc. Versioning is specified in the WebDAV deltav extension, which has been submitted to the IESG in October. And why is the fact that locking is optional a problem? If you hit a server that doesn't support locking while youre application requires it -- just don't talk to it. I agree that it would be a shame if major vendors come out with "WebDAV" servers without locking support (is this the case? IIS and Apache support it). > etc. make it hard to implement the spec... and hard to implement > a useful *open* system. WebDAV is mostly of value to those that wish to: > > a) circumvent firewall issues Actually, I'd say the fact that WebDAV uses well-defined HTTP method names makes it *less* likely that security is compromised (as compared to XML-RPC or SOAP). > b) jump on a bandwagon > > I think the *goals* of WebDAV, and even the general approach, to > be valuable, > and necessary. I think the spec. needs a lot of work. I can say > that having > a) implemented it once, and b) looked at it from an editorial POV. I agree. RFC2518 badly needs a review, and I think this is the next work item for the Working Group. > ... > > A lot of people, even in the IETF, feel that adding methods to > HTTP is much > better done in something like SOAP... which of course WebDAV can > be designed > in terms of. I would argue that SOAP might be *better* because at > least it's > extensible. Doesn't come extensibility (the ability to marshall "anything") with the price of being *harder* to control? (I think we're getting out-of-topic...)
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