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Requirements for a Distributed Authoring and Versioning Protocol for the World Wide Web (RFC2291)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002854D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 17 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. Slein: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Current World Wide Web (WWW or Web) standards provide simple support for applications which allow remote editing of typed data. In practice, the existing capabilities of the WWW have proven inadequate to support efficient, scalable remote editing free of overwriting conflicts. This document presents a list of features in the form of requirements for a Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning protocol which, if implemented, would improve the efficiency of common remote editing operations, provide a locking mechanism to prevent overwrite conflicts, improve link management support between non-HTML data types, provide a simple attribute-value metadata facility, provide for the creation and reading of container data types, and integrate versioning into the WWW.

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Network Working Group J. Slein

Request for Comments: 2291 Xerox Corporation

Category: Informational F. Vitali

University of Bologna

E. Whitehead

U.C. Irvine

D. Durand

Boston University

February 1998

Requirements for a Distributed Authoring and Versioning

Protocol for the World Wide Web

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

Current World Wide Web (WWW or Web) standards provide simple support

for applications which allow remote editing of typed data. In

practice, the existing capabilities of the WWW have proven inadequate

to support efficient, scalable remote editing free of overwriting

conflicts. This document presents a list of features in the form of

requirements for a Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning protocol

which, if implemented, would improve the efficiency of common remote

editing operations, provide a locking mechanism to prevent overwrite

conflicts, improve link management support between non-HTML data

types, provide a simple attribute-value metadata facility, provide

for the creation and reading of container data types, and integrate

versioning into the WWW.

1. Introduction

This document describes functionality which, if incorporated in an

extension to the existing HTTP proposed standard [HTTP], would allow

tools for remote loading, editing and saving (publishing) of various

media types on the WWW to interoperate with any compliant Web server.

As much as possible, this functionality is described without

suggesting a proposed implementation, since there are many ways to

perform the functionality within the WWW framework. It is also

possible that a single mechanism could simultaneously satisfy several

requirements.

This document reflects the consensus of the WWW Distributed Authoring

and Versioning working group (WebDAV) as to the functionality that

should be standardized to support distributed authoring and

versioning on the Web. As with any set of requirements...