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On Thu, 19 Dec 2002 11:47:06 +0000, Bill de hÓra <email@example.com>
> What's interesting to me is why the SOAP community/vendors/wg aren't
> pushing to specify a new version of XML (ie, a separate document from a
> seperate working group). Or have they?
No, but the challenges of dealing with the overwhelming complexity of the
XML family of specs, only a subset/profile of which do Web service
developers and users any good, is definitely a topic of discussion in the
Web Services Architecture WG. (Our last F2F had a couple of hours of
discussion that reminded me of dear old sml-dev <grin>). It's not so much
that the SOAP community is pushing for a new version of XML, but that it
pushed back on requests to make the entire set of XML legal in SOAP
messages. This obviously leaves us all in an uneasy situation -- only a
SOAP-aware processor can "validate" that an XML document that conforms to
the SOAP schemas is actually legal SOAP. Again, this is a VERY VERY WELL
AIRED issue on xml-dist-app, and very nicely summarized on www-tag in a
recent post by Noah Mendelsohn.
Actually, as I interpret recent TAG discussions, they have taken the
initiative and acknowledged the profiles/subsetting issue as something that
the W3C has to address. I believe the XML Core WG has the ball at this
point, but this is a bit up in the air at this time AFAIK.