The FrontPage Server Extensions Remote Protocol specifies a set of server extensions that can be used to augment a basic HTTP server. These extensions provide file server functionality similar to WebDAV, allowing a website to be presented as a file share. The use of WebDAV is recommended over the FrontPage Server Extensions Remote Protocol. For more information about WebDAV, see [MS-WDV].
The FrontPage Server Extensions Remote Protocol uses HTTP version 1.1 ([RFC2616]) as a transport. Requests are specialized form posts, and responses are in HTML ([RFC2854]). Despite the use of HTTP, the protocol is intended to be used by a client application, not by the user directly through a web browser.
The FrontPage Server Extensions Remote Protocol is a subset of a larger protocol known as FrontPage Server Remote Protocol Extensions. The FrontPage Server Extensions Remote Protocol is a protocol that can be used when communicating between client operating systems and HTTP servers. The larger protocol is used to perform a wider array of website administration tasks. Because implementations of the FrontPage Server Extensions Remote Protocol on some operating systems also implement FrontPage Server Remote Protocol Extensions, be aware that some servers might not ignore arguments and methods noted in this document as messages that a client cannot send.
The Windows SharePoint Services dialogview is an application of the FrontPage Server Extensions Remote Protocol that is addressed in this document because it has certain behaviors apart from the normal FrontPage Server Extensions Remote Protocol communications. The purpose of the dialogview is to allow a client to display a server-rendered HTML-based rendering of the files located on a particular website.
Sections 1.8, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative and can contain the terms MAY, SHOULD, MUST, MUST NOT, and SHOULD NOT as defined in [RFC2119]. Sections 1.5 and 1.9 are also normative but do not contain those terms. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.