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From "Brian Moseley (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (JCR-184) rework resource name and display name handling in jcr-server
Date Fri, 09 Sep 2005 01:20:31 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-184?page=comments#action_12322984 ] 

Brian Moseley commented on JCR-184:
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hm. i just looked at doing this myself, and it wasn't as straightforward as i originally envisioned,
since in a lot of places the resource locator is used to fetch items directly from the repository
session.

let me step back from the earlier proposal and just say this: i need to be able to create
a webdav collection that contains the "'" character in its name. i'm not sure of the best
way to go about this, other than that it seems reasonable to url-escape characters that are
illegal in jcr names. it's a moderate priority feature for me, so it would be great if somebody
could comment on the issue.

thanks!


> rework resource name and display name handling in jcr-server
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>
>          Key: JCR-184
>          URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-184
>      Project: Jackrabbit
>         Type: Improvement
>     Reporter: Brian Moseley
>     Assignee: angela
>     Priority: Minor

>
> jcr-server is a bit problematic in the way it treats the display name of a webdav resource.
specifically it forces the display name to be the same as the name of the resource itself,
rather than an arbitrary textual description of the resource. this is an acceptable default
value for a resource's display name, but a webdav client should be able to change the display
name at any point after creation of the resource.
> rfc 2518 says:
> 13.2 displayname Property
>    Name:       displayname
>    Namespace:  DAV:
>    Purpose:    Provides a name for the resource that is suitable for
>    presentation to a user.
>    Description: The displayname property should be defined on all DAV
>    compliant resources.  If present, the property contains a description
>    of the resource that is suitable for presentation to a user.
>    <!ELEMENT displayname (#PCDATA) >
> i realize that the goal of the simple webdav server is to support nt:collection and nt:file,
which don't allow extra properties. that's fine; i have defined my own dav:collection and
dav:resource node types on which i can add a dav:displayname property. i can then override
DavResourceImpl.getDisplayName() to return the value of that property.
> the problem is that DavResourceImpl.getDisplayName() as already implemented has a couple
of other purposes - calculating the resource name for a node that is about to be created and
returning the resource name from an existing node.
> furthermore, both resource and display names could potentially contain characters that
are illegal in jcr names. we've talked in the past about encoding these strings in order to
use them as jcr names. this encoding would be necessary for the resource name (which is used
as the node's name) but not for the display name (which would be persisted as a property value).
> i propose the following DavResourceImpl methods:
>   getResourceName() - returns the (unencoded) name of the resource, which is either the
name of the resource's node (if the resource exists) or the final segment of the resource's
uri path
>   getDisplayName() - returns the value of the resource's DAV:displayname property (if
both the resource and property exist) or the string returned from getResourceName
> DavResourceImpl could simply always `return getResourceName()' as its implementation
of getDisplayName(). subclasses would be free to override it to retrieve the display name
from a jcr property.
> DavResourceImpl would also take care of encoding the resource name before creating the
new node and decoding the resource name before returning it from getResourceName().
> thoughts?

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