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RE: Issue 6404 - proposal

From: Geoff Bullen <Geoff.Bullen@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 11:41:32 -0800
To: Doug Davis <dug@us.ibm.com>, "public-ws-resource-access@w3.org" <public-ws-resource-access@w3.org>
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Doug,
It does not appear that the wording:

"When this element is not present, the implied value is the MEX dialect."

correctly expresses the sentiment that we agreed too earlier.  Can we suggest using something more like:

"When this element is not present, the implied value is the MEX dialect.  However, the actual value may be defined by communities within the context of particular application domains and could include application specific metadata."

--Geoff


From: public-ws-resource-access-request@w3.org [mailto:public-ws-resource-access-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Doug Davis
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2009 5:49 PM
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Subject: Re: Issue 6404 - proposal


Resending since the html doesn't show up in the archives.

thanks
-Doug
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With no more chatter on this one... here's my proposal:

Define the absence of a Dialect to mean the MEX dialect - something like:
[Body]/mex:GetMetadata/mex:Dialect
      When this element is present, the response MUST include only Metadata Sections with the indicated dialect; if the receiver does not have any Metadata Sections of the indicated dialect, the response MUST include zero Metadata Sections. When this element is not present, the implied value is the MEX dialect.
<delete> there is no implied value and so the response may include Metadata Sections with any dialect. </delete>

And define the MEX dialect - add the following after the above text:
[Body]/mex:GetMetadata/mex:Dialect="http://www.w3.org/2009/02/ws-mex"
      Barring some additional constraints, not defined by this specification, specifying the MEX dialect in a GetMetadata request message means that the service SHOULD return all available metadata formats that this client is allowed to retrieve.

thanks
-Doug
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Doug Davis/Raleigh/IBM@IBMUS
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Along those line, it would seem that saying something like "barring some negotiation, the absence of a Dialect value is equivalent tousing  the MEX dialect".  Gives the freedom for someone to profile it later - but otherwise we make sure "null" is well defined.

thanks
-Doug
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Issue 6404 - use of "whatever"








This issue is about defining the MEX dialect and defining what gets returned.

http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=6404

In particular, I was asked to provide an example of why it might be useful, in the case where no dialect is specified in the GetMetadata request, for the service itself to be able to decide what it would return (the so-called "whatever" case).  The other option would be for this case to return all MEX sections.

The best example I can provide for the "whatever" case is this:

If the MEX specification gets "profiled" for a specific purpose, it would be very useful to allow the profile to be able to specify what metadata is to be returned in this default case (especially the non-MEX defined metadata sections).  If you do not do this then each profile would have to define some separate dialect to mean "give me all the metadata within my profile".  Thus the default case gives you an over-loadable definition of "all" or perhaps "normal", which can include non-MEX defined sections.

In a typical profiled case:
Nothing = "return all metadata within my profile"
MEX = "return all MEX dialects"

If it is not a profiled implementation, the spec could be recommend that the implementation return:
Nothing = MEX = "return all MEX dialects"
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