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Draft I18N requirements for WS

From: David Booth <dbooth@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 16:37:15 -0400
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To: www-ws-desc@w3.org

FYI, the WS task force of the I18N Working Group has written a draft 
document on "Requirements for the Internationalization of Web 
Services"[1].  My own personal comments[2] on the document:
In general, I think this is a very interesting document and the
requirements look reasonable.  I personally think I18N represents an
excellent test case for WSDL 2.0 and SOAP 1.2.  It is tempting to foist the
I18N problem off of WSDL and SOAP and onto the application domain, i.e., it
is tempting to say that I18N is an application issue -- not a WSDL or SOAP
issue.  But when you consider the fact that many applications will face
this same need, and it makes sense to have a standard way of addressing it,
then the question becomes: To what extent do WSDL and SOAP accommodate this
need for I18N?  Ideally, I18N should be cleanly addressable using existing
WSDL and SOAP extension mechanisms.  If our existing extension mechanisms
prove inadequate for addressing I18N, then I believe we will have failed in
our design of WSDL and SOAP.

1. http://www.w3.org/International/ws/ws-i18n-requirements-edit/Overview.html
2. http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-i18n-ws/2004May/0026.html

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