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WebDAV: Next-Generation Collaborative Web Authoring by Lisa Dusseault

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Chapter 14. Custom WebDAV Applications

When WebDAV is used for an application that includes but goes beyond simple distributed authoring, it is a custom WebDAV application. The application can be as simple as a few business rules acting on custom property values or as complex as Exchange 2000. This chapter discusses the advantages of using WebDAV for custom applications, the issues involved, and some examples.

Before the ubiquity of the Web, custom applications typically involved custom client code. That meant that client software had to be installed on users' computers. Users don't like installing software, but a client application is sometimes the only way (even today) to present a usable interface with required functionality. If the custom application ...

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