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RE: NEW ISSUE: Clarify the policy model for Web Services

From: Daniel Roth <Daniel.Roth@microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 11:43:56 -0700
To: "Sverdlov, Yakov" <Yakov.Sverdlov@ca.com>, "public-ws-policy@w3.org" <public-ws-policy@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E2903CF1E4B5B144B559237FDFB291CE012C2017@NA-EXMSG-C117.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To help people process this proposal, I created the attached diff in Word so you can see what is changing.

Yakov, please make sure that the diff looks right.

Thanks.

Daniel Roth

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From: public-ws-policy-request@w3.org [mailto:public-ws-policy-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Sverdlov, Yakov
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 7:27 AM
To: public-ws-policy@w3.org
Subject: Re: NEW ISSUE: Clarify the policy model for Web Services

Hi,

Here's the draft proposal for section 3.4. As you can see, I tried to minimize the changes.

Regards,

Yakov Sverdlov
CA

3.4 Policies of Entities in a Web Services-based System

Applied in the Web services-based system, policy is used to convey conditions on an interaction between entities (requester application, provider service, Web infrastructure component, etc). Any entity in a Web services-based system may expose a policy to convey conditions under which it functions. Satisfying assertions in the policy usually results in behavior that reflects these conditions. For example, if two entities - requester and provider - expose their policies, a requester might use the policy of the provider to decide whether or not to use the service. A requester may choose any alternative since each is a valid configuration for interaction with the service, but a requester MUST choose only a single alternative for an interaction with a service since each represents an alternative configuration.

A policy assertion is supported by an entity in the web services-based system if and only if the entity satisfies the requirement (or accommodates the capability) corresponding to the assertion. A policy alternative is supported by an entity if and only if the entity supports all the assertions in the alternative. And, a policy is supported by an entity if and only if the entity supports at least one of the alternatives in the policy. Note that although policy alternatives are meant to be mutually exclusive, it cannot be decided in general whether or not more than one alternative can be supported at the same time.

Note that an entity may be able to support a policy even if the entity does not understand the type of each assertion in the vocabulary of the policy; the entity only has to understand the type of each assertion in the vocabulary of a policy alternative the entity supports. This characteristic is crucial to versioning and incremental deployment of new assertions because this allows a provider's policy to include new assertions in new alternatives while allowing entities to continue to use old alternatives in a backward-compatible manner.




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