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   Re: [xml-dev] Benefits of SOAP?

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Rich Salz wrote:
> You're not looking close enough.  It provides
>         Framework for multi-party (i.e., intermediary) interactions
>         Forward-compatible evolution (mustUnderstand)
>         A standard place for putting meta-data, upon which a wide variety
>         of capabilities can be built; cf WS-xxx

Which directly points at one of the shortcomings of a lot of current 
SOAP thinking: it's mired in the "Web services" area when the nice 
little standard bricks it provides could be usefully reused accross the 
spectrum of XML technologies -- having a standard envelope in which to 
easily stuff more than the body is a good step towards packaging, and 
generally applicable.

Robin Berjon


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