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Re: SOAP UML diagram

From: Hugo Haas <hugo@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 12:19:03 +0200
To: Martin Chapman <martin.chapman@oracle.com>
Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030612101903.GM1193@w3.org>

Hi Martin.

* Martin Chapman <martin.chapman@oracle.com> [2003-06-06 12:22-0700]
> updated diagram at:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2003Jun/0011.html

It looks good to me. A couple of comments below.

- I don't see features linked to properties, or at least not directly.

[1] says that "[a] feature may be expressed through multiple
properties" and that "[p]roperties are named with URIs" and "property
values SHOULD have an XML Schema [XML Schema Part 1] [XML Schema Part
2] type listed in the specification which introduces the property".

I don't think that those are shown in the diagram.

- My second comment is about ultimate receivers. I think that we need
  to make the distinction between roles and nodes.

A SOAP message has one sender, any number of intermediaries, and one
ultimate receiver _identified_. They are naturally identified with
URIs, and the ultimate receiver is:


[2] reads: "a SOAP node is said to act in one or more SOAP roles, each
of which is identified by a URI known as the SOAP role name."

Now, the message could be multicasted to 5 different SOAP node, which
could each act in the role of the ultimate receiver.

You are saying that the path can have several ultimate receivers (as a
result of your discussion with Jean-Jacques, I think), however the
definition of path is:

| SOAP message path
|  The set of SOAP nodes through which a single SOAP message passes.
|  This includes the initial SOAP sender, zero or more SOAP
|  intermediaries, and an ultimate SOAP receiver.

Basically, I think that just changing "*" next to "ultimate" by "1"
would do the trick, since I don't think that the diagram prevents the
message from being sent to several nodes, although it may not be

Also, "initial", "intermediary" and "ultimate" should probably be
qualified as roles.

- Interesting question here to try and tie this to our other diagram:
  what is the relationship between a SOAP node and an agent?
I think that a SOAP node is an agent implementing the SOAP 1.2



  1. http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/PR-soap12-part2-20030507/#soapfeatspec
  2. http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/PR-soap12-part1-20030507/#soaproles
Hugo Haas - W3C
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