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   RE: [xml-dev] Some comments on the 1.1 draft

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> From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:gtn@rbii.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 5:52 PM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Some comments on the 1.1 draft
> On Wednesday 19 December 2001 05:06 am, Julian Reschke wrote:
> > > that want to display anyway--or are the control character performing
> > > some kind of formatting?
> >
> > How could I know? A property in WebDAV can be *anything*.
> This is a problem with the WebDAV spec, not XML.
> 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.

> A lot of the issues here are abuse of the existing infrastructure. A good
> analogy is in the good old days of "finger". A lot of people,
> self included,
> abused finger so that we could transfer data through firewalls
> (and create
> awesome animated ASCII movies). We had to work within the bound of the
> system, and yes, it was inefficient, and kludgy.
> Don't blame the system for your abuses is my recommendation....
> and if you
> really can't stomach it, *do something else*.

I don't agree that WebDAV is abusing port 80 -- it's the IETF approved way
to extend HTTP 1.1 with authoring/locking/discovery.


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