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

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Jim Ancona scripsit:

>       - Providing a block of data, such as the result of submitting a
>         form, to a data-handling process;

It's this clause, IMHO, that licenses the use of POST for retryable
retrieval; in essence the "block of data" is used to specify one
of a finite-but-large set of documents to retrieve (which of course
the server may need to compute or already have stored).

> Of course this is one of the REST proponents' objections to SOAP--if you want
> to fetch a document using the SOAP HTTP binding you must use an HTTP POST,
> which violates the semantics specified in the HTTP spec.

I think "violates" is too strong.

John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>     http://www.reutershealth.com
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