Summary: Introduction to Web DAV
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Introduction to WebDAV
WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is used to publish and
manage files and directories on a remote web server. It additionally allows groups of
users to collaboratively perform these functions on a website. Several "client" programs
are available for a variety of computing platforms to support this process.
WebDAV provides the following kinds of features no matter which client is being used:
° Locking: Shared write locks preclude the possibility of two or more
collaborators overwriting their shared files.
° Site manipulation: DAV supports copy and move actions, as well as the
creation of "collections" (e.g., file system directories).
This tutorial will look at Dreamweaver (on the Macintosh and Windows platforms),
WebDrive (on the Windows 2000, XP and ME platforms), and Goliath (on the Macintosh
platform). One must have a licensed copy of Dreamweaver in order to use the WebDAV
site management functions of that application. WebDrive has been licensed by the Office
of Information Technology to provide free access to the tool for members of the College
Park community. It can be downloaded to university desktops from
https://www.helpdesk.umd.edu/software/webdav/. You will be required to authenticate
your status as a University of Maryland faculty or staff member by providing your