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Using POST to Add Members to Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) Collections (RFC5995)

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Original Publication Date: 2010-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Sep-08
Document File: 24 page(s) / 22K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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J. Reschke: AUTHOR

Abstract

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Extensions for the Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) ([RFC4918], Section 9.5) do not define the behavior for the "POST" method when applied to collections, as the base specification (HTTP) leaves implementers lots of freedom for the semantics of "POST":

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        J. Reschke Request for Comments: 5995                                    greenbytes Category: Standards Track                                 September 2010 ISSN: 2070-1721

  Using POST to Add Members to Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning                           (WebDAV) Collections

Abstract

   The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Extensions for the Web    Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) do not define the    behavior for the "POST" method when applied to collections, as the    base specification (HTTP) leaves implementers lots of freedom for the    semantics of "POST".

   This has led to a situation where many WebDAV servers do not    implement POST for collections at all, although it is well suited to    be used for the purpose of adding new members to a collection, where    the server remains in control of the newly assigned URL.  In fact,    the Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) uses POST exactly for that    purpose.  On the other hand, WebDAV-based protocols, such as the    Calendaring Extensions to WebDAV (CalDAV), frequently require clients    to pick a unique URL, although the server could easily perform that    task.

   This specification defines a discovery mechanism through which    servers can advertise support for POST requests with the    aforementioned "add collection member" semantics.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on    Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at    http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5995.

Reschke                      Standards Track                    [Page 1]
 RFC 5995            POST to Add to WebDAV Collections     September 2010

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