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   Re: need for defining standard APIs for xml storage

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  • From: Ken MacLeod <ken@bitsko.slc.ut.us>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: 05 Apr 2000 17:11:37 -0500

"KenNorth" <KenNorth@email.msn.com> writes:

> > [Don't take me wrong, either, I'm not suggesting HTTP as an
> > end-all API (or protocol) to any particular solution.  But to not
> > include it on a list of APIs for XML storage, as your original
> > message suggested,] simply because it doesn't fit one's
> > preconceived notions as to "what is an API" seems to be a grievous
> > error.
> Probably not my first, but I'll accept the risk of making a grievous
> error.  The industry suffers from imprecise language. To me there is
> a distinction between protocol and API, and there is no value in
> blurring the distinction.

OK, for the sake of precision and for the moment, let me disregard
HTTP method definitions and agree with you that HTTP is only a

Where does that leave HTTP as still being one of the most common ways
to provide XML storage?

It still seems that you're pigeonholing HTTP only as something to
carry a messaging or RPC protocol on top of (so _that_ protocol can
support an "API").  why?

  -- Ken

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