[uf-rest] Roy Fielding on WebDAV and PROPs
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
drernie at opendarwin.org
Wed Apr 12 10:04:47 PDT 2006
On Apr 11, 2006, at 10:14 PM, Breton Slivka wrote:
> All I propose to be a "standard" (better word would be convention)
Yes, please; "convention" is much more microformatty. :-)
> is the name of the property which would contain a list of
> properties. This is not too extreme I think. That way instead of
> PROPFIND being a method which prevents resources from having URI's,
> it becomes a resource with its own URI.
> So GET http://server/object;proplist becomes its replacement.
> does that make sense?
I think the real question is *how* do you indicate that the server
supports that convention. To Mark's point, we can NOT unilaterally
dictate that ";" always means "properties." However, we *can* say
that IF the server provides such-and-such notification, THEN the
client knows that it can provides properties using such-and-such format.
For example, I might propose something like:
<link rel="property" href=";my_property">
(apologies if that's the wrong syntax)
That way, each page can explicitly state which properties exist
relative to that page, in way that makes it trivial to construct the
appropriate URI. A server could (optionally) implement this using
the "Link:" header, to specify common properties across and entire site.
-- Ernie P.
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