WebDAV: A Web-Writing Protocol and More

  • Mary Ellen O'Shields (Central Carolina Community College)
  • Phillip Lunsford (East Carolina University)


Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is a set of extensions added to HyperText Transfer Protocol to support collaborative authoring on the Web. While HTTP as a reading protocol, WebDAV is a writing protocol created by a working group of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). By keeping HTTP as the foundation of WebDAV, the developers maintained the strengths of HTTP and expanded its capabilities by adding new headers and methods to DAV. Since DAV is a single wire protocol like HTTP, it offers a more secure and faster method of file transfer than provided by the dual-channel File Transfer Protocol (FTP). The new protocol offers many other advantages with few disadvantages. Already WebDAV is incorporated into most current operating systems and applications where it performs seamlessly. It is also finding widespread usage in colleges and universities as well as businesses, but its future seems even brighter.

Keywords: computer programming|computer science|information technology|internet

How to Cite:

O'Shields, M. & Lunsford, P., (2004) “WebDAV: A Web-Writing Protocol and More”, Journal of Industrial Technology 20(2).

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Published on
01 Feb 2004