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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
From: Rich Salz [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> 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.