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- From: Tim Bray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: David Megginson <email@example.com>, Michael Fitzgerald <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- 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.