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   RE: [xml-dev] WS-Emperor naked?

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So now we have a quality-of-spec issue.

Tim, are you objecting to the quality of these, 
or just the number of them?  In a world that 
said, let a thousand flowers bloom, there should 
be a pruning time, but who when and on what basis 
is up to question.  Is this a naked emperor or 
a cat in need of belling?

It seems to me a consortium formed to address 
precisely the problem of interoperable web 
service specifications.


From: Rich Salz [mailto:rsalz@datapower.com]

> It might be.  How would one know?  It is likely 
> that every one of the OASIS teams out there really 
> believes in their project.  

Only a handful -- probably no more than six -- are OASIS.  Almost the 
others are proprietary efforts led by IBM, Microsoft, and various 
partners (often BEA).  Look at http://www.w3.org/2001/03/WSWS-popa/, in 
particular paper 51 (the only one with no individual authors listed). 
They've been working on this stuff a *long* time.

At any rate, WS-Security is one of the few that's at OASIS.  It meets a 
real need: it says how to use XML DSIG, XML Encryption to secure SOAP 
messages, and how to convey identity and crypto key information, as well.


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