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Requester/provider agent/entity terminology

From: David Booth <dbooth@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 20:42:07 -0500
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To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
Cc: Francis McCabe <fgm@fla.fujitsu.com>

I believe I've finished making our terminology consistent in our WSA 
document[1].  Informally:
         provider agent -- the agent that realizes a Web service
         requester agent -- the agent that interacts with a provider agent
         provider entity -- the person or org. owning the provider agent
         requester entity -- the person or org. owning the requester agent

         service requester -- (ambiguous; to be avoided in this doc)
         service provider -- (ambiguous; to be avoided in this doc)

As a result, there were a MANY small changes I made along the way.  Most 
weren't worth noting, but a few I wanted to mention:

Changed some occurrences of the word "entity" when it wasn't referring to 
our defined term "requester entity" or "provider entity".

Tweeked the concept description of "service" accordingly.

Deleted "A resource is an entity" from the concepts definition of 
"resource", in order to avoid confusing it with our "person or 
organization" use of the term "entity".  Since a resource can be anything, 
I think we can probably do without the statement.  Frank, do you want to 
push back on this change, or are you okay with this?

The term "service" (as a noun) was used in two different ways: (a) to refer 
to a task ("X asked Y to perform a particular service"); or (b) to refer to 
the thing that performs the task ("X sent a message to Y's service").  I've 
tried to changes uses of sense (a) to use "task" instead.

Added concept definitions of "requester entity" and "provider 
entity".  They are a little meager.  Frank may want to fill them out 
better, but I ran out of time tonight.



David Booth
W3C Fellow / Hewlett-Packard
Telephone: +1.617.253.1273
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