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Subject: Re: [search-ws] items and groups

On Thu, 2008-04-17 at 09:49 -0400, Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress
> We are introducing "groups" into the abstract protocol.  Currently we
> have the abstract request parameters "startPosition" and
> "maximumItems".    A server might serve records by group and/or item,
> so we want to introduce the request parameter "startGroup".   Or
> "group".


> Question: if a client requests by group, say it asks for group 3, does
> it also indicate a number of groups?

No. It may not know the number of groups.  The server may not accurately
know the number of groups!

> However according to my notes (and the minutes) the server response 
> should include "number of groups returned" - though I think that
> should be number of groups" (not "returned", just the number created).

Number of groups returned is surely 1.  Number of groups created is what
is important.

> So we want to do one of the following:
> -  if the client is allowed to request multiple groups:
>     -- add request parameter startGroup
>     -- add request parameter maximumGroups
>    --  add response parameter numberOfGroups (in either case)
> -If not
>      -- add request parameter group
>    --  add response parameter numberOfGroups



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