What it does

WebDAV is a technology that allows you to easily transfer files and folders from your local computer to your Resources folder in your My Workspace or a course site or project site to which you belong. WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning". It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.

Once you have set up WebDAV, your computer will treat your Resources section like any other folder on your local system. You will be able to drag and drop files and folders from Resources just as you would in My Computer in Windows XP or the Finder on a Mac.

For more information about WebDAV, including technical specifications and major features, see the WebDAV FAQ at:


Key concepts

Locking properties: If you are using WebDAV to work on files and folders in a shared Resources section, you can use its locking properties to prevent two or more users from overwriting the same resource without first merging changes.

Windows vs. Mac: On a Windows XP computer, WebDAV works through My Network Places. Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) supports secure WebDAV connections. If you use Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) or earlier, you will need to download software called Goliath if you want to use WebDAV.

Things to consider

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Last modified on November 21, 2005.