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Re: Web Service Definition [Was "Some Thoughts ..."]

From: <mario.jeckle@daimlerchrysler.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 21:03:54 +0100
To: <www-ws-arch@w3.org>
Message-ID: <0057440010053502000002L422*@MHS>
>A Web service is a service that is;
>1) identified by a URI, and
>2) accessible via standard internet protocols, and
>3) Capable of interacting with applications and programs that are not
>directly human-driven user interfaces, e.g. web browsers

>I don't consider changing #2 to refer to "internet protocols" versus
>"web protocols" to be a serious change, because #1 tempers the scope of
>the protocol to those that operate on things with URIs.  For example,
>FTP is a valid protocol to be used for a web service (despite not being
>commonly recognized as a "web protocol") because it operates on files
>which are things that have URIs.

Good point! The term "internet" protocol opens up the definition to the usage 
other protocols than the "standard" (if that really fits) web protocol which is 
strictly speaking solely HTTP.

I think our definition should definitely not preclude any kind of protocol to 
appear in the future (think of RFC 1149 ;-)

Received on Thursday, 28 March 2002 15:04:03 UTC

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