The new WebDAV plugin provides direct access to files stored within the Wiki for desktop applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
KontextWork and C-Dot Consultants have worked together to create the WebDAVContrib, a brand new Web DAV implementation for Foswiki and Apache 2.
Web DAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a set of extensions to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that allows users to edit and manage files collaboratively on remote World Wide Web servers.
The new Web DAV module maps Foswiki content – webs, topics and attachments – to a directory structure, and exports it using the Web DAV protocol. It allows users to work with Foswiki content using the tools they are most familiar with, without compromising on Foswiki features. For example attachments can be opened, manipulated and saved right within desktop applications such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, Adobe Photoshop (and many more). Wiki webs can be opened in file browsers such as Windows Explorer, and wiki topics can be edited using many different text editors.
The new plugin is a completely new Perl implementation of Web DAV, written specifically for Apache 2, and has been extensively tested using the standard litmus tests. It works over HTTP and secure HTTPS, fully respects Foswiki permissions, and can be used with all standard Apache authentication methods. A version for TWiki is also available.
The WebDAVContrib is currently undergoing final pre-release testing. Contact Andre Ulrich for availability and pricing.