XMLizing Folders?

Dave Winer dave at userland.com
Sun Nov 8 18:19:24 GMT 1998

As an experiment this morning I put together a little server component that
catches references to directories that end with .xml and returns a list of
objects contained in that directory, in XML of course. 

I've been wading thru all the spec confusion around this, and decided to
approach the problem from the other side, to find out actually how much
development work was involved. It took less than an hour to put this together.

We have a pragmatic application for this, a customer who needs a script
that checks a folder on a web server every night, to see if there are any
new files added, and to get only those files. It's a pretty basic
operation, and unless you want to go WebDAV, it's not very much work on
either the client or server.

Here's a directory you can look at thru this little server component:


Now I'll hear a crashing loud noise about namespaces and where's my DTD and
all that stuff. The point is, there should be a DTD for this type of
object. They appear on all of our computers, they're called folders.
Where's the XML spec for folders?



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