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RE: Requesting WSDL Files

From: <paul.downey@bt.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 08:44:15 +0100
Message-ID: <2B7789AAED12954AAD214AEAC13ACCEF2709D9F9@i2km02-ukbr.domain1.systemhost.net>
To: <RogerCutler@chevrontexaco.com>, <www-ws-arch@w3.org>
Hi Roger!
endpoint?wsdl is common default in toolkits but doesn't necessarily make
sense given that implies a one to one relationship between an endpoint 
URI and a WSDL document.
in practice we may have a many different WSDLs describing a single 
endpoint (and many endpoints described by a single WSDL) 
sometimes they're different versions of the same service, other
times a view or partial service being offered handed to different 

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: www-ws-arch-request@w3.org on behalf of Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler) 
	Sent: Thu 01/07/2004 19:26 
	To: www-ws-arch@w3.org 
	Subject: Requesting WSDL Files

	Here's a question that is sort of WSA-like.  I guess.  

	We have some experience with WS interop, but so far it's all one direction:  Web service on Windows server, clients on other platforms.  Sooner or later we will want to go the other direction.  One really nice feature of the Microsoft .Net implementation of Web services is that if you append "?WSDL" (or "?wsdl") to the URL of the Web service it will return the WSDL file.  As far as I know this is not in any spec (I could easily be wrong, of course), but it's clearly useful and I'm using it.  So the obvious questions are:

	1 - Is this indeed part of some spec that I don't know about, so one should expect it on other platforms? 

	2 - If not, have other major vendors been doing this too?  Is it by any stretch becoming a de facto standard? 

	3 - If so, is there any case preference on platforms that tend to be more case sensitive than Windows? 

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