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

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  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • To: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>, Michael Fitzgerald <mike@wyeast.net>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 10:50:14 -0800

At 12:43 PM 22/12/00 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
> > 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).

On the other hand, OSI networking has (er, had) much cleaner
layer separation than TCP/IP, and I still remember the snotty
sneers coming from X.25-land at the Internet peasants who were
too dumb to understand the layered-protocol model.  Sometimes
mashing things together wins.

Having said that, I'm with David... the jury is still out on
generalized data interchange vocabularies.  Interesting times.


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