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1 This document specifies a set of methods, headers, properties and content-types composing WebDAV SEARCH, an application of the HTTP/1.1 protocol to efficiently search for DAV resources based upon a set of client-supplied criteria.
2 Distribution of this document is unlimited. Please send comments to the Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) DASL working group at email@example.com, which may be joined by sending a message with subject "subscribe" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Discussions of the WEBDAV DASL working group are archived at URL: http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/Archives/Public/www-webdav-dasl/.
5 This document defines WebDAV SEARCH, an application of HTTP/1.1 forming a lightweight search protocol to transport queries and result sets and allows clients to make use of server-side search facilities. It is based on the expired draft for WebDAV DASL [DASL]. [DASLREQ] describes the motivation for DASL.¶
6 DASL will minimize the complexity of clients so as to facilitate widespread deployment of applications capable of utilizing the DASL search mechanisms.¶
7 DASL consists of: ¶
14 For WebDAV-compliant servers, it also defines a new live property DAV:supported-query-grammar-set.¶
17 The augmented BNF used by this document to describe protocol elements is exactly the same as the one described in Section 2.1 of [RFC2616]. Because this augmented BNF uses the basic production rules provided in Section 2.2 of [RFC2616], those rules apply to this document as well.¶
19 When an XML element type in the "DAV:" namespace is referenced in this document outside of the context of an XML fragment, the string "DAV:" will be prefixed to the element type.¶
20 Note that this draft currently defines elements and properties in the WebDAV namespace "DAV:", which it shouldn't do as it isn't a work item of the WebDAV working group. The reason for this is the desire for some kind of backward compatibility to the expired DASL drafts and the assumption that the draft may become an official RFC submission of the WebDAV working group at a later point of time.¶
21 Similarily, when an XML element type in the namespace "http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" is referenced in this document outside of the context of an XML fragment, the string "xs:" will be prefixed to the element type.¶
22 One can express the basic usage of DASL in the following steps: ¶
28 The SEARCH method plays the role of transport mechanism for the query and the result set. It does not define the semantics of the query. The type of the query defines the semantics.¶
29 The client invokes the SEARCH method on the resource named by the Request-URI.¶
30 The Request-URI identifies the search arbiter. Any HTTP resource may function as search arbiter. It is not a new type of resource (in the sense of DAV:resourcetype as defined in [RFC2518]), nor does it have to be a WebDAV-compliant resource.¶
31 The SEARCH method defines no relationship between the arbiter and the scope of the search, rather the particular query grammar used in the query defines the relationship. For example, the FOO query grammar may force the request-URI to correspond exactly to the search scope.¶
33 If the client sends a text/xml or application/xml body, it MUST include the DAV:searchrequest XML element. The DAV:searchrequest XML element identifies the query grammar, defines the criteria, the result record, and any other details needed to perform the search.¶
<!ELEMENT searchrequest ANY >
34 The DAV:searchrequest XML element contains a single XML element that defines the query. The name of the query element defines the type of the query. The value of that element defines the query itself.¶
35 If the server returns 207 (Multistatus), then the search proceeded successfully and the response MUST match that of a PROPFIND. The results of this method SHOULD NOT be cached.¶
36 There MUST be one DAV:response for each resource that matched the search criteria. For each such response, the DAV:href element contains the URI of the resource, and the response MUST include a DAV:propstat element.¶
37 In addition, the server MAY include DAV:response items in the reply where the DAV:href element contains a URI that is not a matching resource, e.g. that of a scope or the query arbiter. Each such response item MUST NOT contain a DAV:propstat element, and MUST contain a DAV:status element (unless no property was selected).¶
38 A response MAY include more information than PROPFIND defines so long as the extra information does not invalidate the PROPFIND response. Query grammars SHOULD define how the response matches the PROPFIND response.¶
39 This example demonstrates the request and response framework. The following XML document shows a simple (hypothetical) natural language query. The name of the query element is natural-language-query in the XML namespace "http://example.com/foo". The actual query is "Find the locations of good Thai restaurants in Los Angeles". For this hypothetical query, the arbiter returns two properties for each selected resource.¶
40 >> Request:
SEARCH / HTTP/1.1 Host: ryu.com Content-Type: application/xml Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <D:searchrequest xmlns:D="DAV:" xmlns:F="http://example.com/foo"> <F:natural-language-query> Find the locations of good Thai restaurants in Los Angeles </F:natural-language-query> </D:searchrequest>
41 >> Response:
HTTP/1.1 207 Multi-Status Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <D:multistatus xmlns:D="DAV:" xmlns:R="http://ryu.com/propschema"> <D:response> <D:href>http://siamiam.com/</D:href> <D:propstat> <D:prop> <R:location>259 W. Hollywood</R:location> <R:rating><R:stars>4</R:stars></R:rating> </D:prop> </D:propstat> </D:response> </D:multistatus>
42 A server MAY limit the number of resources in a reply, for example to limit the amount of resources expended in processing a query. If it does so, the reply MUST use status code 207, return a DAV:multistatus response body and indicate a status of 507 (Insufficient Storage) for the search arbiter URI. It SHOULD include the partial results.¶
|I result-truncation (type: , status: open)|
|email@example.com||2002-03-29||I believe the same response body that contains the first N <DAV:response> elements should also contain a *different* element stating that the results were incomplete and the result set was truncated by the server. There may also be a need to report that the results were incomplete and the result set was truncated at the choice of the client (isn't there a limit set in the client request?) That's important so the client knows the difference between receiving 10 results because there were >10 but only 10 were asked for, and receiving 10 results because there were only exactly 10 results and it just happens that 10 were asked for.|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2002-05-28||I agree that this could be useful, but I think this issue should be consolidated with issue JW5 (see below), which proposes that DASL basicsearch ought to have a way for client to request additional result sets. It should be moved because there is little or no value in allowing a client to distinguish between the case where "N results were requested, and there are exactly N available" and "N results were requested, and there are more than N available" if there is no way for client to get the next batch of results.|
43 When a result set is truncated, there may be many more resources that satisfy the search criteria but that were not examined.¶
44 If partial results are included and the client requested an ordered result set in the original request, then any partial results that are returned MUST be ordered as the client directed.¶
45 Note that the partial results returned MAY be any subset of the result set that would have satisfied the original query.¶
46 >> Request:
SEARCH / HTTP/1.1 Host: gdr.com Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx ... the query goes here ...
47 >> Response:
HTTP/1.1 207 Multistatus Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <D:multistatus xmlns:D="DAV:"> <D:response> <D:href>http://www.gdr.com/sounds/unbrokenchain.au</D:href> <D:propstat> <D:prop/> <D:status>HTTP/1.1 200 OK</D:status> </D:propstat> </D:response> <D:response> <D:href>http://tech.mit.edu/archive96/photos/Lesh1.jpg</D:href> <D:propstat> <D:prop/> <D:status>HTTP/1.1 200 OK</D:status> </D:propstat> </D:response> <D:response> <D:href>http://gdr.com</D:href> <D:status>HTTP/1.1 507 Insufficient Storage</D:status> <D:responsedescription xml:lang="en"> Only first two matching records were returned </D:responsedescription> </D:response> </D:multistatus>
48 If an error occurred that prevented execution of the query, the server MUST indicate the failure with the appropriate status code and SHOULD include a DAV:multistatus element to point out errors associated with scopes.¶
49 400 Bad Request. The query could not be executed. The request may be malformed (not valid XML for example). Additionally, this can be used for invalid scopes and search redirections.¶
50 422 Unprocessable entity. The query could not be executed. If a application/xml or text/xml request entity was provided, then it may have been well-formed but may have contained an unsupported or unimplemented query operator.¶
51 A client may submit a scope that the arbiter may be unable to query. The inability to query may be due to network failure, administrative policy, security, etc. This raises the condition described as an "invalid scope".¶
52 To indicate an invalid scope, the server MUST respond with a 400 (Bad Request).¶
53 The response includes a body with a DAV:multistatus element. Each DAV:response in the DAV:multistatus identifies a scope. To indicate that this scope is the source of the error, the server MUST include the DAV:scopeerror element.¶
54 >> Response:
HTTP/1.1 400 Bad-Request Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <d:multistatus xmlns:d="DAV:"> <d:response> <d:href>http://www.foo.com/X</d:href> <d:status>HTTP/1.1 404 Object Not Found</d:status> <d:scopeerror/> </d:response> </d:multistatus>
55 Servers MUST support discovery of the query grammars supported by a search arbiter resource.¶
56 Clients can determine which query grammars are supported by an arbiter by invoking OPTIONS on the search arbiter. If the resource supports SEARCH, then the DASL response header will appear in the response. The DASL response header lists the supported grammars.¶
60 The OPTIONS method allows the client to discover if a resource supports the SEARCH method and to determine the list of search grammars supported for that resource.¶
63 DASL servers MUST include the DASL header in the OPTIONS response. This header identifies the search grammars supported by that resource.¶
64 >> Response:
DASLHeader = "DASL" ":" Coded-URL-List Coded-URL-List : Coded-URL [ "," Coded-URL-List ] Coded-URL ; defined in section 9.4 of [RFC2518]
65 The DASL response header indicates server support for a query grammar in the OPTIONS method. The value is a URI that indicates the type of grammar. Note that although the URI can be used to identify each supported search grammar, there is not necessarily a direct relationship between the URI and the XML element name that can be used in XML based SEARCH requests (the element name itself is identified by it's namespace name (a URI reference) and the element's local name).¶
66 This header MAY be repeated.¶
67 For example:
DASL: <http://foo.bar.com/syntax1> DASL: <http://akuma.com/syntax2> DASL: <DAV:basicsearch> DASL: <http://example.com/foo/natural-language-query>
68 This WebDAV property is required for any server supporting either [RFC3253] and/or [ACL] and identifies the XML based query grammars that are supported by the search arbiter resource.
<!ELEMENT supported-query-grammar-set (supported-query-grammar*)> <!ELEMENT supported-query-grammar grammar> <!ELEMENT grammar ANY>
69 ANY value: a query grammar element type
72 This example shows that the server supports search on the /somefolder resource with the query grammars: DAV:basicsearch, http://foo.bar.com/syntax1 and http://akuma.com/syntax2. Note that every server MUST support DAV:basicsearch.¶
73 >> Request:
OPTIONS /somefolder HTTP/1.1 Host: ryu.com
74 >> Response:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 20:52:29 GMT Allow: OPTIONS, GET, HEAD, POST, PUT, DELETE, TRACE, COPY, MOVE, MKCOL, PROPFIND, PROPPATCH, LOCK, UNLOCK, SEARCH DASL: <DAV:basicsearch> DASL: <http://foo.bar.com/syntax1> DASL: <http://akuma.com/syntax2>
75 This example shows the equivalent taking advantage of a server's support for DAV:supported-method-set and DAV:supported-query-grammar-set.¶
76 >> Request:
PROPFIND /somefolder HTTP/1.1 Host: ryu.com Depth: 0 Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> <propfind xmlns="DAV:"> <prop> <supported-query-grammar-set/> <supported-method-set/> </prop> </propfind>
77 >> Response:
HTTP/1.1 207 Multi-Status Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <multistatus xmlns="DAV:"> <response> <href>http://ryu.com/somefolder</href> <propstat> <prop> <supported-query-grammar-set> <supported-query-grammar> <grammar><basicsearch/></grammar> </supported-query-grammar> <supported-query-grammar> <grammar><syntax1 xmlns="http://foo.bar.com" /></grammar> </supported-query-grammar> <supported-query-grammar> <grammar><syntax2 xmlns="http://akuma.com/"/></grammar> </supported-query-grammar> </supported-query-grammar-set> <supported-method-set> <supported-method name="COPY" /> <supported-method name="DELETE" /> <supported-method name="GET" /> <supported-method name="HEAD" /> <supported-method name="LOCK" /> <supported-method name="MKCOL" /> <supported-method name="MOVE" /> <supported-method name="OPTIONS" /> <supported-method name="POST" /> <supported-method name="PROPFIND" /> <supported-method name="PROPPATCH" /> <supported-method name="PUT" /> <supported-method name="SEARCH" /> <supported-method name="TRACE" /> <supported-method name="UNLOCK" /> </supported-method-set> </prop> <status>HTTP/1.1 200 OK</status> </propstat> </response> </multistatus>
78 Note that the query grammar element names marshalled as part of the DAV:supported-query-grammar-set can be directly used as element names in an XML based query.¶
79 Servers MAY support the discovery of the schema for a query grammar.¶
80 The DASL response header
provides means for clients to discover the set of query grammars supported by a resource. This alone is not sufficient information for a client to generate a query. For example, the DAV:basicsearch grammar defines a set of queries consisting of a set of operators applied to a set of properties and values, but the grammar itself does not specify which properties may be used in the query. QSD for the DAV:basicsearch grammar allows a client to discover the set of properties that are searchable, selectable, and sortable. Moreover, although the DAV:basicsearch grammar defines a minimal set of operators, it is possible that a resource might support additional operators in a query. For example, a resource might support a optional operator that can be used to express content-based queries in a proprietary syntax. QSD allows a client to discover these operators and their syntax. The set of discoverable quantities will differ from grammar to grammar, but each grammar can define a means for a client to discover what can be discovered.¶
81 In general, the schema for a given query grammar depends on both the resource (the arbiter) and the scope. A given resource might have access to one set of properties for one potential scope, and another set for a different scope. For example, consider a server able to search two distinct collections, one holding cooking recipes, the other design documents for nuclear weapons. While both collections might support properties such as author, title, and date, the first might also define properties such as calories and preparation time, while the second defined properties such as yield and applicable patents. Two distinct arbiters indexing the same collection might also have access to different properties. For example, the recipe collection mentioned above might also indexed by a value-added server that also stored the names of chefs who had tested the recipe. Note also that the available query schema might also depend on other factors, such as the identity of the principal conducting the search, but these factors are not exposed in this protocol.¶
|I qsd-pseudo-property (type: , status: closed)|
|email@example.com||2002-01-25||It would be nice to avoid the definition of a "pseudo" property just for this special use case.|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2002-06-10||Proposal for alternate format at: (mailing list)|
|Associated changes in this document: 4.|
82 Each query grammar supported by DASL defines its own syntax for expressing the possible query schema. A client retrieves the schema for a given query grammar on an arbiter resource with a given scope by invoking the SEARCH method on that arbiter, with that grammar and scope, with a query whose DAV:select element includes the DAV:queryschema property. This property is defined only in the context of such a search, a server SHOULD not treat it as defined in the context of a PROPFIND on the scope. The content of this property is an XML element whose name and syntax depend upon the grammar, and whose value may (and likely will) vary depending upon the grammar, arbiter, and scope.
83 The query schema for DAV:basicsearch is defined in Section 5.19.
<!ELEMENT queryschema ANY >
84 In this example, the arbiter is recipes.com, the grammar is DAV:basicsearch, the scope is also recipes.com.
85 >> Request:
SEARCH / HTTP/1.1 Host: recipes.com Content-Type: application/xml Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0"?> <searchrequest xmlns="DAV:"> <basicsearch> <select> <prop> <queryschema/> </prop> </select> <from> <scope> <href>http://recipes.com</href> </scope> </from> </basicsearch> </searchrequest>
86 >> Response:
HTTP/1.1 207 Multistatus Content-Type: application/xml Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0"?> <multistatus xmlns="DAV:"> <response> <href>http://recipes.com</href> <propstat> <prop> <queryschema> <basicsearchschema> (See section "Query schema for DAV:basicsearch" for the actual contents) </basicsearchschema> </queryschema> </prop> <status>HTTP/1.1 200 OK</status> </propstat> </response> </multistatus>
97 DAV:basicsearch uses an extensible XML syntax that allows clients to express search requests that are generally useful for WebDAV scenarios. DASL-extended servers MUST accept this grammar, and MAY accept others grammars.¶
98 DAV:basicsearch has several components:¶
|I JW24d (type: , status: open)|
|email@example.com||2000-04-20||Where does xml:lang go in a query?|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2002-02-28||What would be the *purpose* of putting xml:lang into a query?|
|email@example.com||2002-05-28||The purpose is to allow one to express queries more precisely, e.g. to distinguish between the English word "hoop" (a circular object) and Dutch "hoop" (hope). Imagine a property that holds keywords for a resource. See 4.4 in http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2518.txt, and 2.12 in http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml|
I think this would be an interesting feature, but it seems to be extremely hard to implement.
So assuming a query that
- the query specifies a language and
- be the text content of the property matches
The result will be:
1) true (match), if the property was stored with a matching xml:lang property (where the language tag matching rules would have to apply)
2) undefined if the property was stored without xml:lang
3) false otherwise
On the other hand if
- the query doesn't specify a language
the result will be:
4) undefined (at least according to the current wording).
1) requires that the query engine actually knows how to match language tags -- I'm not sure that everybody is willing to implement that.
2) is this desirable?
4) that seems to be wrong. If the query doesn't care, it should match, right?
- what is the language of a date-typed property?
- (sic!) where should xml:lang go into the query? There's no XML feature to undefine an xml:lang which is in scope, but there may be cases where this is needed.
On the other hand, if we drop this requirement, a client can still do a query and then process the result set -- the property elements in the response body will be reported with xml:lang (when persisted with language) anyway.
So I'd recommend to drop the feature. Defining string comparisons vs. collation sequences is hard enough.
<!ELEMENT basicsearch (select, from, where?, orderby?, limit?) > <!ELEMENT select (allprop | prop) > <!ELEMENT from (scope) > <!ELEMENT scope (href, depth) > <!ENTITY %comp_ops "eq | lt | gt| lte | gte"> <!ENTITY %log_ops "and | or | not"> <!ENTITY %special_ops "is-collection | isdefined"> <!ENTITY %string_ops "like"> <!ENTITY %content_ops "contains"> <!ENTITY %all_ops "%comp_ops; | %log_ops; | %special_ops; | %string_ops; | %content_ops;"> <!ELEMENT where ( %all_ops; ) > <!ELEMENT and ( ( %all_ops; ) +) > <!ELEMENT or ( ( %all_ops; ) +) > <!ELEMENT not ( %all_ops; ) > <!ELEMENT lt ( prop , literal ) > <!ATTLIST lt casesensitive (1|0) "1" > <!ELEMENT lte ( prop , literal ) > <!ATTLIST lte casesensitive (1|0) "1" > <!ELEMENT gt ( prop , literal) > <!ATTLIST gt casesensitive (1|0) "1" > <!ELEMENT gte ( prop , literal ) > <!ATTLIST gte casesensitive (1|0) "1" > <!ELEMENT eq ( prop , literal ) > <!ATTLIST eq casesensitive (1|0) "1" > <!ELEMENT literal (#PCDATA)> <!ELEMENT isdefined (prop) > <!ELEMENT like (prop, literal) > <!ATTLIST like casesensitive (1|0) "1" > <!ELEMENT contains (#PCDATA)> <!ELEMENT orderby (order+) > <!ELEMENT order (prop, (ascending | descending)?) <!ATTLIST order casesensitive (1|0) "1" > <!ELEMENT ascending EMPTY> <!ELEMENT descending EMPTY> <!ELEMENT limit (nresults) > <!ELEMENT nresults (#PCDATA) >
105 This query retrieves the content length values for all resources located under the server's "/container1/" URI namespace whose length exceeds 10000.¶
<d:searchrequest xmlns:d="DAV:"> <d:basicsearch> <d:select> <d:prop><d:getcontentlength/></d:prop> </d:select> <d:from> <d:scope> <d:href>/container1/</d:href> <d:depth>infinity</d:depth> </d:scope> </d:from> <d:where> <d:gt> <d:prop><d:getcontentlength/></d:prop> <d:literal>10000</d:literal> </d:gt> </d:where> <d:orderby> <d:order> <d:prop><d:getcontentlength/></d:prop> <d:ascending/> </d:order> </d:orderby> </d:basicsearch> </d:searchrequest>
107 If the value is DAV:allprop, the result record for a given resource includes all the properties for that resource.¶
108 If the value is DAV:prop, then the result record for a given resource includes only those properties named by the DAV:prop element. Each property named by the DAV:prop element must be referenced in the Multistatus response.¶
110 DAV:from defines the query scope. This contains exactly one DAV:scope element. The scope element contains mandatory DAV:href and DAV:depth elements.¶
111 DAV:href indicates the URI for a collection to use as a scope.¶
112 When the scope is a collection, if DAV:depth is "0", the search includes only the collection. When it is "1", the search includes the (toplevel) members of the collection. When it is "infinity", the search includes all recursive members of the collection.¶
113 If the DAV:scope element is an absolute URI, the scope is exactly that URI.¶
114 If the DAV:scope element is is an absolute URI reference, the scope is taken to be relative to the request-URI.¶
115 A Scope can be an arbitrary URI.¶
116 Servers, of course, may support only particular scopes. This may include limitations for particular schemes such as "http:" or "ftp:" or certain URI namespaces.¶
117 If a scope is given that is not supported the server MUST respond with a 400 status code that includes a Multistatus error. A scope in the query appears as a resource in the response and must include an appropriate status code indicating its validity with respect to the search arbiter.¶
HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request Content-Type: text/xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: xxx <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <d:multistatus xmlns:d="DAV:"> <d:response> <d:href>http://www.foo.com/scope1</d:href> <d:status>HTTP/1.1 502 Bad Gateway</d:status> </d:response> </d:multistatus>
119 This example shows the response if there is a scope error. The response provides a Multistatus with a status for the scope. In this case, the scope cannot be reached because the server cannot search another server (502).¶
120 DAV:where element defines the search condition for inclusion of resources in the result set. The value of this element is an XML element that defines a search operator that evaluates to one of the Boolean truth values TRUE, FALSE, or UNKNOWN. The search operator contained by DAV:where may itself contain and evaluate additional search operators as operands, which in turn may contain and evaluate additional search operators as operands, etc. recursively.¶
|I query-on-href (type: , status: open)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2002-02-28||DAV:href isn't a property, so it can't be used in queries. Is this a problem? Examples where DAV:displayname is queried instead seem to indicate that. A possible solution would be to allow DAV:href whereever DAV:prop is allowed in the where clause.|
121 Each operator defined for use in the where clause that returns a Boolean value MUST evaluate to TRUE, FALSE, or UNKNOWN. The resource under scan is included as a member of the result set if and only if the search condition evaluates to TRUE.¶
122 Consult Appendix A for details on the application of three-valued logic in query expressions.¶
123 If a query contains an operator that is not supported by the server, then the server MUST respond with a 422 (Unprocessable Entity) status code.¶
124 If a PROPFIND for a property value would yield a 404 or 403 response for that property, then that property is considered NULL.¶
125 NULL values are "less than" all other values in comparisons.¶
126 Empty strings (zero length strings) are not NULL values. An empty string is "less than" a string with length greater than zero.¶
127 The DAV:isdefined operator is defined to test if the value of a property is NULL.¶
129 The example shows a single operator (DAV:eq) applied in the criteria.¶
<d:where> <d:eq> <d:prop> <d:getcontentlength/> </d:prop> <d:literal>100</d:literal> </d:eq> </d:where>
130 The example shows a more complex operation involving several operators (DAV:and, DAV:eq, DAV:gt) applied in the criteria. This DAV:where expression matches those resources that are "image/gifs" over 4K in size.¶
<D:where> <D:and> <D:eq> <D:prop> <D:getcontenttype/> </D:prop> <D:literal>image/gif</D:literal> </D:eq> <D:gt> <D:prop> <D:getcontentlength/> </D:prop> <D:literal>4096</D:literal> </D:gt> </D:and> </D:where>
131 The DAV:orderby element specifies the ordering of the result set. It contains one or more DAV:order elements, each of which specifies a comparison between two items in the result set. Informally, a comparison specifies a test that determines whether one resource appears before another in the result set. Comparisons are applied in the order they occur in the DAV:orderby element, earlier comparisons being more significant.¶
132 The comparisons defined here use only a single property from each resource, compared using the same ordering as the DAV:lt operator (ascending) or DAV:gt operator (descending). If neither direction is specified, the default is DAV:ascending.¶
|I null-ordering (type: , status: open)|
|email@example.com||2002-02-20||In the WebDAV SEARCH spec (5.6, DAV:orderby), it says that nulls sort low, to match SQL92. However, SQL92 and SQL99 both say "Whether a sort key value that is null is considered greater or less than a non-null value is implementation-defined, but all sort key values that are null shall either be considered greater than all non-null values or be considered less than all non-null values." (words taken from SQL99, 14.1 <declare cursor> General Rule 2)c), in reference to null handling for the <order by clause>. ) I would note that in 5.5.3 WebDAV SEARCH says nulls are less than all other values in a comparison, so the DAV:orderby matches that statement, it just gives an inaccurate reason.|
|I language-comparison (type: , status: open)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2002-03-03||XPath/XQuery (see draft, and open issue) specify string comparisons based on collations, not languages. I think we should adopt this. This would mean that "xml:lang" would be removed, and an optional attribute specifying the name of the collation is added.|
134 Comparisons on strings take into account the language defined for that property. Clients MAY specify the language using the xml:lang attribute. If no language is specified either by the client or defined for that property by the server or if a comparison is performed on strings of two different languages, the results are undefined.¶
136 This sort orders first by last name of the author, and then by size, in descending order, so that the largest works appear first.¶
<d:orderby> <d:order> <d:prop><r:lastname/></d:prop> <d:ascending/> </d:order> <d:order> <d:prop><d:getcontentlength/></d:prop> <d:descending/> </d:order> </d:orderby>
137 The DAV:and operator performs a logical AND operation on the expressions it contains.¶
138 The DAV:or operator performs a logical OR operation on the values it contains.¶
139 The DAV:not operator performs a logical NOT operation on the values it contains.¶
|I JW24c (type: , status: open)|
|email@example.com||2000-04-20||How do string equality and language tag interact. Cross-language comparison should work at least when the two languages are dialects, e.g. en-us vs en-uk.|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2002-01-28||Proposal: strings match if and only if they match character by character.|
140 The DAV:eq operator provides simple equality matching on property values.¶
DAV:casesensitive attribute may be used with this element.¶
|I JW16b/JW24a (type: , status: open)|
|email@example.com||2000-04-20||Define how comparisons on strings work, esp for i18n.|
Need policy statement about sort order in various national languages. (JW said "non-Latin" but it's an issue even in languages that use the latin char set.)
142 The DAV:lt, DAV:lte, DAV:gt, and DAV:gte operators provide comparisons on property values, using less-than, less-than or equal, greater-than, and greater-than or equal respectively. The
DAV:casesensitive attribute may be used with these elements.¶
|I DB2/DB7 (type: , status: open)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2000-04-20||Dates (HTTPDate in getlastmodified).|
|email@example.com||2000-04-20||Agreement that it is OK to submit isodate to search HTTPDate (i.e., it's a marshalling issue only).|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2000-04-20||Booleans appear to be underspecified in the specification. How is a boolean tested, and what are the behavior of operators like less than, greater than, etc.|
|email@example.com||2002-01-28||I think similar questions apply to booleans. Proposal: allow specification of the literal's type using XML Schema simple types, and declare that "both" WebDAV date types are compatible.|
The current DASL draft doesn't really have Booleans or any other data type.
It's trying to skate on data types. Booleans could be tested using the "eq"
and the combination "not eq", if you had well defined literals for TRUE and
FALSE. With the current syntax, that is the way you would have to test a
Boolean. Generally, Boolean values are not considered to be ordered, so "gt"
etc. wouldn't apply. However, if the literal values of a Boolean were 1 and
0 for TRUE and FALSE (using the most commonly used convention of positive
logic), then you would have an obvious ordering. 1 and 0 have the advantage
of being language independent. You now see a lot of electronic and
electro-mechanical devices (air conditioners, computers, etc.) with a "1/0"
label on the power switch, "1" meaning "on", and "0" meaning "off".
SQL databases don't have Booleans. SQL doesn't control DASL, of course, but SQL databases are so widely used that they are important. The closest thing in SQL is a bit field. Each bit in a bit field is zero or 1.
So, why not close the issue by saying: DASL doesn't have data types. You can simulate Booleans by an integer data type, using 1 for "TRUE" and 0 for "FALSE".
143 DAV:literal allows literal values to be placed in an expression.¶
145 The DAV:is-collection operator allows clients to determine whether a resource is a collection (that is, whether it's DAV:resourcetype element contains the element DAV:collection).¶
146 Rationale: This operator is provided in lieu of defining generic structure queries, which would suffice for this and for many more powerful queries, but seems inappropriate to standardize at this time.¶
147 This example shows a search criterion that picks out all and only the resources in the scope that are collections.¶
<where xmlns="DAV:"> <is-collection/> </where>
<d:isdefined> <d:prop><x:someprop/></d:prop> </d:isdefined>
|I isdefined-optional (type: change, status: open)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2002-06-25||It's unclear why isdefined is an optional parameter.|
150 The DAV:isdefined operator is optional.¶
151 The DAV:like is an optional operator intended to give simple wildcard-based pattern matching ability to clients.¶
152 The operator takes two arguments.¶
153 The first argument is a DAV:prop element identifying a single property to evaluate.¶
154 The second argument is a DAV:literal element that gives the pattern matching string.¶
Pattern := [wildcard] 0*( text [wildcard] ) wildcard := exactlyone | zeroormore text := 1*( <character> | escapesequence ) exactlyone : = "?" zeroormore := "%" escapechar := "\" escapesequence := "\" ( exactlyone | zeroormore | escapechar ) character: see section 2.2 of [XML]
155 The value for the literal is composed of wildcards separated by segments of text. Wildcards may begin or end the literal. Wildcards may not be adjacent.¶
156 The "?" wildcard matches exactly one character.¶
157 The "%" wildcard matches zero or more characters¶
158 The "\" character is an escape sequence so that the literal can include "?" and "%". To include the "\" character in the pattern, the escape sequence "\\" is used..¶
159 This example shows how a client might use DAV:like to identify those resources whose content type was a subtype of image.¶
<D:where> <D:like> <D:prop><D:getcontenttype/></D:prop> <D:literal>image%</D:literal> </D:like> </D:where>
|I JW17/JW24b (type: , status: open)|
|email@example.com||2000-04-20||5.13 should discuss handling of queries when character set differs.
Some text on handling character sets would be helpful.
160 The DAV:contains operator is an optional operator that provides content-based search capability. This operator implicitly searches against the text content of a resource, not against content of properties. The DAV:contains operator is intentionally not overly constrained, in order to allow the server to do the best job it can in performing the search.¶
161 The DAV:contains operator evaluates to a Boolean value. It evaluates to TRUE if the content of the resource satisfies the search. Otherwise, It evaluates to FALSE.¶
162 Within the DAV:contains XML element, the client provides a phrase: a single word or whitespace delimited sequence of words. Servers MAY ignore punctuation in a phrase. Case-sensitivity is left to the server.¶
163 The following things may or may not be done as part of the search: Phonetic methods such as "soundex" may or may not be used. Word stemming may or may not be performed. Thesaurus expansion of words may or may not be done. Right or left truncation may or may not be performed. The search may be case insensitive or case sensitive. The word or words may or may not be interpreted as names. Multiple words may or may not be required to be adjacent or "near" each other. Multiple words may or may not be required to occur in the same order. Multiple words may or may not be treated as a phrase. The search may or may not be interpreted as a request to find documents "similar" to the string operand.¶
164 The DAV:score property is intended to be useful to rank documents satisfying the DAV:contains operator.¶
165 The example below shows a search for the phrase "Peter Forsberg".¶
166 Depending on its support for content-based searching, a server MAY treat this as a search for documents that contain the words "Peter" and "Forsberg".¶
<D:where> <D:contains>Peter Forsberg</D:contains> </D:where>
167 The example below shows a search for resources that contain "Peter" and "Forsberg".¶
<D:where> <D:and> <D:contains>Peter</D:contains> <D:contains>Forsberg</D:contains> </D:and> </D:where>
<!ELEMENT limit (nresults) >
168 The DAV:limit XML element contains requested limits from the client to limit the size of the reply or amount of effort expended by the server.¶
<!ELEMENT nresults (#PCDATA)> ;only digits
|I JW5 (type: , status: open)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||1999-04-26||On the topic of partial search results, DASL currently has no way for a client to request the next chunk of a set of search results. Since *every* search service I've interacted with on the Internet has a feature for returning the next set of search results, I really would expect this feature to be in DASL. An explanation for why this feature isn't present should be in the protocol specification if it is not going to be supported.|
|Martin.Wallmer@softwareag.com||2002-03-08||of course this issue is legitim. However, as basicsearch should be as simple as possible, I tend to say out of scope as well. But perhaps this could be an optional feature (is it that, what you mean by extension to DAV:basicsearch)?|
|email@example.com||2002-03-08||Moved into DAV:basicsearch section, because this is a request for a specific query grammar feature.|
169 The DAV:nresults XML element contains a requested maximum number of records to be returned in a reply. The server MAY disregard this limit. The value of this element is an integer.¶
170 The DAV:casesensitive attribute allows clients to specify case-sensitive or case-insensitive behavior for DAV:basicsearch operators.
171 The possible values for DAV:casesensitive are "1" or "0". The "1" value indicates case-sensitivity. The "0" value indicates case-insensitivity. The default value is server-specified. Case-insensitivity SHOULD implemented using caseless matching as defined in [CaseMap].
172 Support for the DAV:casesensitive is optional. A server should respond with an error 422 if the DAV:casesensitive attribute is used but cannot be supported.
<!ELEMENT score (#PCDATA)>
176 The DAV:score XML element is a synthetic property whose value is defined only in the context of a query result where the server computes a score, e.g. based on relevance. It may be used in DAV:select or DAV:orderby elements. Servers SHOULD support this property. The value is a string representing the score, an integer from zero to 10000 inclusive, where a higher value indicates a higher score (e.g. more relevant).¶
177 Clients should note that, in general, it is not meaningful to compare the numeric values of scores from two different query results unless both were executed by the same underlying search system on the same collection of resources.¶
|I score-pseudo-property (type: , status: open)|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2002-02-28||Shouldn't be done using a pseudo-property. Report it as child of DAV:propstat instead?|
178 The DAV:basicsearch grammar defines a search criteria that is a Boolean-valued expression, and allows for an arbitrary set of properties to be included in the result record. The result set may be sorted on a set of property values. Accordingly the DTD for schema discovery for this grammar allows the server to express:¶
<!ELEMENT basicsearchschema (properties, operators)> <!ELEMENT any-other-property EMPTY> <!ELEMENT properties (propdesc*)> <!ELEMENT propdesc (prop|any-other-property), datatype?, searchable?, selectable?, sortable?, casesensitive?)> <!ELEMENT operators (opdesc*)> <!ELEMENT opdesc ANY> <!ELEMENT operand-literal EMPTY> <!ELEMENT operand-property EMPTY>
182 The DAV:properties element holds a list of descriptions of properties.¶
183 The DAV:operators element describes the optional operators that may be used in a DAV:where element.¶
184 Each instance of a DAV:propdesc element describes the property or properties in the DAV:prop element it contains. All subsequent elements are descriptions that apply to those properties. All descriptions are optional and may appear in any order. Servers SHOULD support all the descriptions defined here, and MAY define others.¶
185 DASL defines five descriptions. The first, DAV:datatype, provides a hint about the type of the property value, and may be useful to a user interface prompting for a value. The remaining four (DAV:searchable, DAV:selectable, DAV:sortable, and DAV:casesensitive) identify portions of the query (DAV:where, DAV:select, and DAV:orderby, respectively). If a property has a description for a section, then the server MUST allow the property to be used in that section. These descriptions are optional. If a property does not have such a description, or is not described at all, then the server MAY still allow the property to be used in the corresponding section.¶
186 This element can be used in place of DAV:prop to describe properties of WebDAV properties not mentioned in any other DAV:prop element. For instance, this can be used to indicate that all other properties are searchable and selectable without giving details about their types (a typical scenario for dead properties).¶
187 The DAV:datatype element contains a single XML element that provides a hint about the domain of the property, which may be useful to a user interface prompting for a value to be used in a query. Datatypes are identified by an element name. Where appropriate, a server SHOULD use the simple datatypes defined in [XS2].¶
<!ELEMENT datatype ANY >
Qualified name Example xs:boolean true, false, 1, 0 xs:string Foobar xs:dateTime 1994-11-05T08:15:5Z xs:float .314159265358979E+1 xs:integer -259, 23
189 If the data type of a property is not given, then the data type defaults to xs:string.¶
<!ELEMENT searchable EMPTY>
190 If this element is present, then the server MUST allow this property to appear within a DAV:where element where an operator allows a property. Allowing a search does not mean that the property is guaranteed to be defined on every resource in the scope, it only indicates the server's willingness to check.¶
<!ELEMENT selectable EMPTY>
191 This element indicates that the property may appear in the DAV:select element.¶
192 This element indicates that the property may appear in the DAV:orderby element.¶
<!ELEMENT sortable EMPTY>
193 This element only applies to properties whose data type is "xs:string" and derived data types as per the DAV:datatype property description. Its presence indicates that compares performed for searches, and the comparisons for ordering results on the string property will be case sensitive. (The default is case insensitive.)¶
<!ELEMENT casesensitive EMPTY>
194 The DAV:operators element describes every optional operator supported in a query. (Mandatory operators are not listed since they are mandatory and permit no variation in syntax.). All optional operators that are supported MUST be listed in the DAV:operators element. The listing for an operator consists of the operator (as an empty element), followed by one element for each operand. The operand MUST be either DAV:operand-property or DAV:operand-literal, which indicate that the operand in the corresponding position is a property or a literal value, respectively. If an operator is polymorphic (allows more than one operand syntax) then each permitted syntax MUST be listed separately.¶
<operators xmlns='DAV:'> <opdesc> <like/><operand-property/><operand-literal/> </opdesc> </operators>
<D:basicsearchschema xmlns:D="DAV:" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema""> <D:properties> <D:propdesc> <D:prop><D:getcontentlength/></D:prop> <D:datatype><xs:nonNegativeInteger/></D:datatype> <D:searchable/><D:selectable/><D:sortable/> </D:propdesc> <D:propdesc> <D:prop><D:getcontenttype/><D:displayname/></D:prop> <D:searchable/><D:selectable/><D:sortable/> </D:propdesc> <D:propdesc> <D:prop><fstop xmlns="http://jennicam.org"/></D:prop> <D:selectable/> </D:propdesc> <D:propdesc> <D:any-other-property/> <D:searchable/><D:selectable/> </D:propdesc> </D:properties> <D:operators> <D:opdesc> <D:isdefined/><D:operand-property/> </D:opdesc> <D:opdesc> <D:like/><D:operand-property/><D:operand-literal/> </D:opdesc> </D:operators> </D:basicsearchschema>
195 This response lists four properties. The datatype of the last three properties is not given, so it defaults to xs:string. All are selectable, and the first three may be searched. All but the last may be used in a sort. Of the optional DAV operators, DAV:isdefined and DAV:like are supported.¶
196 Note: The schema discovery defined here does not provide for discovery of supported values of the
DAV:casesensitive attribute. This may require that the reply also list the mandatory operators.¶
197 Clients have the opportunity to tag properties when they are stored in a language. The server SHOULD read this language-tagging by examining the xml:lang attribute on any properties stored on a resource.¶
198 The xml:lang attribute specifies a nationalized collation sequence when properties are compared.¶
199 Comparisons when this attribute differs have undefined order.¶
|I JW25/JW26 (type: , status: open)|
|email@example.com||2000-04-20||In Security Considerations, copy XML considerations from webDAV spec.|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2000-04-20||Wouldn't it be better to just cite the XML document, so that if that document is updated, we won't have stale information?|
|email@example.com||2000-04-20||In Security Considerations, mention privacy risks of queries.|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||2002-01-28||Is this resolved?|
200 This section is provided to detail issues concerning security implications of which DASL applications need to be aware. All of the security considerations of HTTP/1.1 also apply to DASL. In addition, this section will include security risks inherent in searching and retrieval of resource properties and content.¶
201 A query must not allow one to retrieve information about values or existence of properties that one could not obtain via PROPFIND. (e.g. by use in DAV:orderby, or in expressions on properties.)¶
202 A server should prepare for denial of service attacks. For example a client may issue a query for which the result set is expensive to calculate or transmit because many resources match or must be evaluated. 7.1 Implications of XML External Entities¶
203 XML supports a facility known as "external entities", defined in section 4.2.2 of [XML], which instruct an XML processor to retrieve and perform an inline include of XML located at a particular URI. An external XML entity can be used to append or modify the document type declaration (DTD) associated with an XML document. An external XML entity can also be used to include XML within the content of an XML document. For non-validating XML, such as the XML used in this specification, including an external XML entity is not required by [XML]. However, [XML] does state that an XML processor may, at its discretion, include the external XML entity.¶
204 External XML entities have no inherent trustworthiness and are subject to all the attacks that are endemic to any HTTP GET request. Furthermore, it is possible for an external XML entity to modify the DTD, and hence affect the final form of an XML document, in the worst case significantly modifying its semantics, or exposing the XML processor to the security risks discussed in [RFC3023]. Therefore, implementers must be aware that external XML entities should be treated as untrustworthy.¶
205 There is also the scalability risk that would accompany a widely deployed application which made use of external XML entities. In this situation, it is possible that there would be significant numbers of requests for one external XML entity, potentially overloading any server which fields requests for the resource containing the external XML entity.¶
206 Query grammars are identified by URIs. Applications SHOULD not attempt to retrieve these URIs even if they appear to be retrievable (for example, those that begin with "http://")¶
207 Authentication mechanisms defined in WebDAV will also apply to DASL.¶
209 To be supplied.¶
210 To be supplied.¶
216 ANSI standard three valued logic is used when evaluating the search condition (as defined in the ANSI standard SQL specifications, for example in ANSI X3.135-1992, section 8.12, pp. 188-189, section 8.2, p. 169, General Rule 1)a), etc.).¶
217 ANSI standard three valued logic is undoubtedly the most widely practiced method of dealing with the issues of properties in the search condition not having a value (e.g., being null or not defined) for the resource under scan, and with undefined expressions in the search condition (e.g., division by zero, etc.). Three valued logic works as follows.¶
218 Undefined expressions are expressions for which the value of the expression is not defined. Undefined expressions are a completely separate concept >from the truth value UNKNOWN, which is, in fact, well defined. Property names and literal constants are considered expressions for purposes of this section. If a property in the current resource under scan has not been set to a value (either because the property is not defined for the current resource, or because it is null for the current resource), then the value of that property is undefined for the resource under scan. DASL 1.0 has no arithmetic division operator, but if it did, division by zero would be an undefined arithmetic expression.¶
219 If any subpart of an arithmetic, string, or datetime subexpression is undefined, the whole arithmetic, string, or datetime subexpression is undefined.¶
220 There are no manifest constants to explicitly represent undefined number, string, or datetime values.¶
221 Since a Boolean value is ultimately returned by the search condition, arithmetic, string, and datetime expressions are always arguments to other operators. Examples of operators that convert arithmetic, string, and datetime expressions to Boolean values are the six relational operators ("greater than", "less than", "equals", etc.). If either or both operands of a relational operator have undefined values, then the relational operator evaluates to UNKNOWN. Otherwise, the relational operator evaluates to TRUE or FALSE, depending upon the outcome of the comparison.¶
222 The Boolean operators DAV:and, DAV:or and DAV:not are evaluated according to the following rules:¶
223 UNKNOWN and UNKNOWN = UNKNOWN¶
224 UNKNOWN or UNKKNOWN = UNKNOWN¶
225 not UNKNOWN = UNKNOWN¶
226 UNKNOWN and TRUE = UNKNOWN¶
227 UNKNOWN and FALSE = FALSE¶
228 UNKNOWN and UNKNOWN = UNKNOWN¶
229 UNKNOWN or TRUE = TRUE¶
230 UNKNOWN or FALSE = UNKNOWN¶
231 UNKNOWN or UNKNOWN = UNKNOWN¶
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