DeltaV protocol approved as Proposed Standard

Jim Whitehead ejw@cse.ucsc.edu
Mon, 1 Oct 2001 12:19:53 -0700


I'm very pleased to announce that today the IESG approved the DeltaV
Protocol as a Proposed Standard.  The DeltaV protocol [1] extends the WebDAV
protocol [2] to provide capabilities for versioning and configuration
management. DeltaV, like WebDAV, is an extension to HTTP, and thus this
protocol has the effect of turning a Web server into a platform for remote
collaborative development of software projects, large documentation efforts,
or any large collection of inter-related information.

The Subversion project [3] is the furthest along in creating a complete
solution based on DeltaV -- they recently announced the start of
self-hosting, using Subversion in the development of Subversion. Xythos
WebFile Server [4][5] has implemented the DeltaV specification on the server
side, and provides free test accounts on their Sharemation site [6].

With approval of the DeltaV protocol, the specification enters the RFC
editor's queue. Typically there is about a month's delay between approval
and publication as an RFC, meaning an RFC number is imminent.

Now we get to focus on implementations, interoperability, and solving
real-world problems with this technology.

[1] http://www.webdav.org/deltav/
[2] http://www.webdav.org/
[3] http://subversion.tigris.org/
[4] http://www.xythos.com/products.html
[5] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-dist-auth/2001JulSep/0213.html
[6] http://www.sharemation.com/

- Jim