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RE: WS-Addr issues

From: <paul.downey@bt.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 16:46:47 -0000
Message-ID: <2B7789AAED12954AAD214AEAC13ACCEF2709DCF3@i2km02-ukbr.domain1.systemhost.net>
To: <distobj@acm.org>
Cc: <public-ws-addressing@w3.org>
>  why isn't the action "Southern Gas, accounts department" with the
> address "London"?  Or "Southern Gas, accounts department, London" and
> the address "U.K"?  Or "Joe-the-A/R-guy", "accounts department, ..."?
i see the address as a route to an endpoint and the action as 'behind the curtain'
routing in endpoint specific terms. the post office needs the address of the
gas board, but doesn't know or care about what "accounts" means.
 moving  "southern Gas" from the address into the action means it won't be delivered.
[[ actually this reminds me of  the rude address "Derek and Clive" used to 
send a letter to the Director General of the BBC ]].
> I suggest to you that what you described is the address, not an action.
> The action, in the case of bill payment, is implicit and could be
> described as perhaps "process this", "accept this", "DATA"[1],
> "POST"[2][3], or any other generic/uniform semantic you might care to
> name.

i'm suggesting that the contents of action isn't significant and can have
whatever semantics an endpoint wishes to place on them. it could be a verb
"processBill", a noun "accounts", something opaque "pp3454322", or
something meaningless "stuffHappens".

i'm playing catch-up here, but i've yet to spot the argument against making 
action optional, only "best practice" positions from folks wanting to 
remove it completely, which seem divisive and go against the status quo.
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