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   RE: [xml-dev] What does SOAP really add?

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> From: Joshua Allen [mailto:joshuaa@microsoft.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 5:27 AM
> To: Adam Turoff; Dave Winer
> Cc: Edd Dumbill; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: RE: [xml-dev] What does SOAP really add?
> > The "SOAP brings interop for free" argument is simply a straw man.
> > Especially when it necessarily prevents interop with a whole
> > class of tools (XSLT processors for one).
> BTW, this is absolutely and completely wrong.  SOAP messages are XML,
> and therefore are able to be transformed with XSLT just like any other
> XML.  Many people have done this (and yes, I have too).  In fact, it is

But data exposed using SOAP usually cannot retrieved using GET, and
therefore isn't easily accessible using XSLT's document() function.

> only logical that SOAP messages can be more reliably transformed to get
> *some* information than a more generic XML format.  The idea that XSLT
> against SOAP can't be done flies in the face of common sense.  And the
> idea that writing XSLT against Joe's-random-XML is more scalable or
> productive than against SOAP also flies in the face of common sense.


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