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WebDAV: Next-Generation Collaborative Web Authoring by Lisa Dusseault

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Chapter 6. WebDAV Hierarchy Operations

This chapter and the following two chapters cover the new WebDAV methods one by one, starting with those that affect the organization of files on the repository. The hierarchy manipulation methods are:

MKCOL
MOVE
COPY

Chapter 7, Property Operations, covers the metadata manipulation methods:

PROPFIND
PROPPATCH

Chapter 8, Lock Operations, finishes with the lock manipulation methods:

LOCK
UNLOCK

Why WebDAV Defines New Methods

WebDAV request operations are HTTP/1.1 requests with the same structure and protocol/version field but new method strings. The WebDAV designers could have gone with an approach like that taken by SOAP [Box00], which also extends HTTP, but where all requests are made using the same method ...

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