This is still experimental, maintained on a best-efforts
basis. (for now)
What is WebDAV?
WebDAV is an HTTP-based protocol that allows accessing the content of an
HTTP server as a networked filesystems; to put it simply, it allows to edit
directly a Web site as if it were an additional disk on your computer.
Can I use WebDAV to edit W3C Web site?
There is preliminary support to edit W3C Web site using WebDAV, but due to
the number of interoperability issues with the protocol, this support is only
experimental. If you have suggestions for specific clients, support, help for people, please contribute to the Tools wiki on WebDAV. The following clients have been reported to
work with the current implementation on edit.w3.org:
- OSX WebDAVFS Webdav mount: in the Finder, select 'Go' menu,
click on 'Connect to server...' (Apple-K key) and enter the URL to
the WebDAV 'Server Address' that you want to open (e.g. https://edit.w3.org/Guide), or
select a 'Favorite Server' already registered. You will be prompted
for you login name and password.
- Goliath, for OSX
2012-08-27 Ralph believes that the only step needed here is the step
starting 'Rightclick' -- i.e. just create a shortcut to
\\edit.w3.org@SSL\TLD where TLD is the top-level directory
to which you wish to connect. It is no longer necessary to edit the
registry to enable Basic Auth.
- Instructions for Setting
up WebDAV in Windows 7:
- Start -> Run -> Services.msc
- Start your Webclient service. Set the properties so it will
start automatically next time you boot Windows 7
- Rightclick anywhere on your desktop and choose 'new shortcut'
- Use this format for WebDAV folders:
Path would look like: \\edit.w3.org@SSL\Team
- Windows XP: Windows WebFolders, but requiring to enable Basic Authentication. To
enable it you can apply this Registry file to
enable Basic authentication and then restart your computer. (As described on the
Microsoft website). Also, you should use thelatest
version of Windows WebFolders, as described in the MS Knowledge Base.
Not using the latest version may lead to issues with capitalized files
- XMLSpy Entreprise
Edition, starting with release 2005R3.
DataFreeway has been reported to work.
- Dreamweaver's WebDAV has been reported to work.
It is not recommended to use any other client-side
implementations as of today. Yves is working on improving supports for other
implementations, but has only limited availabilities to do so.
Useful information on the use of WebDAV with some clients
- While using Windows, avoid creating new folders in the remote file
system, you should create one locally, then drag the whole directory at
its final location. Failing to do so will just create a "New Folder"
directory that can't be removed. Not a big deal, but we want to avoid
cluttering the editing space.
- Be VERY careful when deleting a file, if something
goes wrong, see next point
- It is impossible to delete a directory, because of the use of CVS in
the back end, and because it would be very time consuming to recover from
an unwanted deletion of an important directory.
- Everything is CVS based, you can access the CVS interface with your
browser if you run into an unexpected behaviour, when you edit in
\\edit.w3.org\dir1\dir2\sample.html, then the
CVS form to control the directory should be
http://edit.w3.org/dir1/dir2/CVS It allows you
to enter commit information, revert to a previous version, fix other
- A new version of Digest Authentication interoperable with all clients
(if such thing is possible)
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Yves Lafon <email@example.com>
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