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Re: Very rough draft of outline for TAG submssion to Workshop on Web of Services for Enterprise Computing

From: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 12:47:47 -0500
Message-ID: <458825C3.1040305@metalab.unc.edu>
To: "Rice, Ed (ProCurve)" <ed.rice@hp.com>
CC: www-tag@w3.org

Rice, Ed (ProCurve) wrote:
> Interesting paper.. But I thought we also discussed the down-side to
> REST which doesn't appear to be covered in this paper at all.
> 
> I think it makes a better case to explain when to use REST, when to use
> SOAP xml packages.  I do believe Web Services are an integral part of
> the over-all web, but I also think the web is much more than 'just'
> html.  I'd love to see this paper reflect more of that.

The Web is certainly more than just HTML. I doubt anyone disagrrees with 
that.

However, I suspect you may be conflating two very different things. In a 
very real sense, I think the Web is not more than just HTTP. A lot of 
the SOAP and WS work seems to be in active opposition to HTTP, and part 
of an effort to make the Web more than just HTTP. This bothers me.

Many people really want the Web to be just HTTP, and think this is a 
good thing. Not everything can be HTTP, but not everything needs to be 
on the Web either.

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