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   RE: RDF vs. SOAP serialization (oh yeah, and XMI and XTM)

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  • From: Michael Fitzgerald <mike@wyeast.net>
  • To: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 10:32:33 -0800

So when you say "protocol," are you referring to the SOAP
Envelope/Header/Body rather than transport protocols such as HTTP and SMTP?
And when you say "data serialization," are you referring to the encoding
schema http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/encoding/ alone?

I think of SOAP as a lightweight but convenient protocol when, e.g., any
direct child of Body is processed as a distinct document (ala BizTalk).
Mashing some things together has its advantages. When would it be a


-----Original Message-----
From: David Megginson [mailto:david@megginson.com]
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2000 9:44 AM
To: Michael Fitzgerald
Cc: xml-dev
Subject: RE: RDF vs. SOAP serialization (oh yeah, and XMI and XTM)

Michael Fitzgerald writes:

 > What do you exactly mean by "the SOAP spec mixes protocol and format"?

It defines two things mixed together -- a data-serialization format,
and a protocol for exchaning that information.  By comparison, note
how important it is that HTML and HTTP are specified separately
(people ended up using HTTP for a lot more than just HTML, and ended
up using HTML in many non-HTTP environments).

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com


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