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Does anyone know what the status or process of the GXA specifications are?
They're officially published by Microsoft et al, and generally refered to
as 'standards', but is there anything like a review/endorsement process in

The WS-ReliableMessaging specification index page [1] says:
WS-ReliableMessaging was published as a public specification on 13 March
2003. This is the first joint BEA/IBM/Microsoft/TIBCO Software publication
of the specification.'

What does that mean, exactly: 'public specification'?

I've come across some issues regarding the WS-ReliableMessaging
specification that I feel compelled to report to the powers that be.
However, apart from the names and companies in the author list I can't
figure out who or what those powers may be. The spec hasn't, afaik, been
submitted to any standards organisation and with OASIS already
having a Reliable Messaging TC in place it seems somehow unlikely that it
ever will.

The spec itself [2] says:
WS-ReliableMessaging and related specifications are provided for use as-is
and for review and evaluation only. BEA, IBM, Microsoft, and TIBCO
Software will solicit your contributions and suggestions in the near
future. BEA, IBM, Microsoft, and TIBCO Software make no warrantees or
representations regarding the specification in any manner whatsoever.'

So they'll accept comments 'in the near future'?

Meanwhile, I'm in a position where I _need_ a reliable messaging policy
even if I have to write it myself, and I'm sure many analysts and
developers on WS projects are in the same situation.
It would be nice to know what the plan is with the various specifications
that are floating about. At least with OASIS one knows what the process
is, and that there's a TC to which comments can be submitted [3] (whether
they read them is another question!), so there's some sort of assurance
that problems will be dealt with.

Anyone clued up on the mysterious ways of the GXA?



ps I've asked some of these questions before but didn't get any replies,
I'm sure someone on the list must know. (Whether they're allowed to
discuss what they know is a different issue..!)

Martin Klang
http://www.o-xml.org - the object-oriented XML programming language

[1] http://msdn.microsoft.com/webservices/understanding/gxa/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnglobspec/html/wsrmspecindex.asp
[2] http://msdn.microsoft.com/webservices/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnglobspec/html/ws-reliablemessaging.asp
[3] mailto:wsrm-comment@lists.oasis-open.org


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