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Re: REST and agents

From: Miles Sabin <miles@milessabin.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 11:06:53 +0000
To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-Id: <200301091106.53478.miles@milessabin.com>

Francis McCabe wrote,
> However, in the spirit of trying to help I would like to draw a
> comparison between what I understand of this debate is and a similar
> debate going on in a different arena.
<snip/>

That's helpful, thanks.

> 3. you also have a standard way of encoding the `propositional
> content'. I.e., an analogue of HTML but for Web services. I.e., such
> a content language would allow Web service providers to express their
> specific semantics in a common notation that all Web service clients
> would be expected to `understand' in a hard-wired kind of a way.
>
> This is not the same as XML, SOAP or even WSDL, but something more
> powerful. Because, in a truly RESTful way you would have to be able
> to communicate actions as well as data.

Agreed ... tho' I'd want to take "propositional content" as illustrative 
rather than mandatory: logic programming would definitely be an option, 
but it's only one of many.

> Unfortunately it doesn't look like anyone is seriously pursuing such
> an idea.

At the same level of generality as FIPA ACL (or REST for that matter)? 
No, I think not, at least not very directly or very visibly.

Cheers,


Miles
Received on Thursday, 9 January 2003 06:07:25 GMT

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