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SunWorld.com: New protocol [WebDAV] makes Web design easier

Jul 12, 2000, 21:55 (0 Talkback[s])
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"WebDAV is a universal solution for distributed authoring"

"...the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been working on a standard protocol for group editing known as the Distributed Authoring and Versioning protocol for the Web (WebDAV). This technology is an extension of the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) itself, and can be handled in the same way. WebDAV was released last year and has already been implemented in professional tools such as Adobe's GoLive and the open-source WebCT."

"WebDAV is an extension of HTTP that uses the Extensible Markup Language (XML) to insert properties and version-control information into the metadata of a document. XML comes in handy mainly because it is extensible and can have any number of new properties added to a document. (It also supports international character sets.)"

"There are a number of predefined properties in WebDAV that exist for all documents. Most of those properties are basic information such as the creation date, author names, the content's language and length, the date it was last modified, etc. This new authoring system introduces a new type of Web resource known as a collection. Collections identify a group of objects or documents that share common properties. The collection resource can replace the traditional concept of a hierarchy of files and directories that make up a Website. A Web collection does not impose a hierarchy or structure on its members, making it flexible enough to describe groups of files, devices, or application objects."

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