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   Re: [xml-dev] Redefining the meaning of common nouns

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On Thu, Nov 28, 2002 at 09:38:45AM +0100, Eric van der Vlist wrote:
> "Web service" is a common expression which have been used (probably
> since the creation of the web) for services available on the web and the
> first part of the definition seems suficient:
> "A Web service is a software system identified by a URI [RFC 2396]."

It's not just that they make it mean something more specific, but it's
also a shift in meaning.

Most W3C Web Services will probably not be "on the web" in the way most
people use those words: You won't see anything when you point a
web browser at them.

We're currently working on something which can be used by both humans
and machines (HTML forms and SOAP), and I'm using the words "Web
Service" for both. It would be insane if a service using web technology
can't be called a web service.



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