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   RE: [xml-dev] WebDAV (was Re: [xml-dev] Some comments on the 1.1 draft)

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> From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:gtn@rbii.com]
> Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2001 7:42 PM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: [xml-dev] WebDAV (was Re: [xml-dev] Some comments on the 1.1
> draft)
> ...
> The spec is unclear on this, and clients certainly can't handle unordered
> multiple occurrences of the response blocks... though the spec appears to
> allow this.

We are really getting off-topic here.

If this issue is not on the current open issues list ([1]), you should raise
it on the WebDAV WG mailing list ([2]).

> > > WebDAV interoperability has more to do with the small size of
> the overall
> > > community (tribal knowledge) than it does with clarity or
> correctness of
> > > specification.
> >
> > Yes and no. I agree that RFC2518 needs more work to go into the
> next stage
> > in the standardization process, but I doub't you'll find a
> single person in
> > the Working Group disagreeing with that. In fact, there's a long list of
> > known issues which need to be resolved for this next step.
> I know this... my point is that if you implement according to the
> specification, you will likely be wrong, or at least not
> interoperate. That's
> not useful.

Yes. So what's the right way to address this? (a) have interoperability
tests, (b) document the issues, (c) work on the resolution. That's what the
Working Group does.


[1] <http://www1.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/webdav/protocol/issues.html>
[2] <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-dist-auth/>


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