today at Fall Internet World announced plans to support and utilize the Web
Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) extensions in a variety of products.
WebDAV is a set of extensions to HTTP 1.1 that enables users to read and
write documents over the Web.
The WebDAV extensions enable users to share and work with server-based
documents independent of their authoring tools, platforms or the types of
Web servers where they are stored.
At the present time, the WebDAV
specification is an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Internet Draft,
which means that it is a stable working document that is already in the
standards development process and has passed the IETF’s “last call” to move
on as a proposed standard.
Microsoft plans to incorporate WebDAV support into products such as
Microsoft Windows NT Server, Office 2000, Microsoft Windows, Frontpage and
the BackOffice family of products. Using WebDAV, developers will have a
single, consistent method of accessing and writing documents that reside on
remote servers from multiple vendors.
Microsoft initially included support for WebDAV in the beta 1 version of
Office 2000 and the beta 2 version of Windows NT 5.0 Server. For additional
information about the WebDAV specification, visit the IETF Web site.