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> This is of course what encapsulation is all about. Encapsulation
> prevents hacking; it raises the level of abstraction; it prevents
> programmers getting locked into today's implementation of an abstract
The XML representation is itself the product of the generic
encapsulation of the underlying resource provided by HTTP/1.1.
To imply that an XML-RPC API (for example) is an encapsulation
and HTTP is not, to me simply isn't accurate.
They are both encapsulations; the question is: which encapsulation
is better able to address the trade-offs that you raise.