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Re: WSDL: meaning of methods

From: Hugo Haas <hugo@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 22:20:45 -0400
To: annielau <annielau@telstra.com>
Cc: www-ws@w3.org
Message-ID: <20010404222045.A25049@tux.w3.org>
* annielau <annielau@telstra.com> [2001-04-04 23:27+1000]
> I am just wondering with the WSDL1.1 specification, is there any way to 
> understand the meaning of the methods?  I.e. what the methods are 
> supposed to do?

Section 2.1.4 defines a documentation element[1] for arbitrary human
readable documentation.

> If there is, how can we find out about them?  Is it based on a general, 
> standardised vocabulary for developers to follow when developing their 
> method names? Or is there a meta-data system for describing methods on 
> WSDL?

If by meta-data system you are talking about machine processable
description of services, WSDL does not mention anything about it
AFAIK.

The Web Services Framework paper[2] submitted by IBM and Microsoft for
the workshop mentions an inspection function which would allow you to
do that, and which would be different from the service description
function which would be an interface description language, with
message exchange patterns, etc, i.e. what WSDL does now.

I personnally think that describing semantics of the service at the
same time as its operation makes sense.

  1. http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/NOTE-wsdl-20010315#_documentation
  2. http://www.w3.org/2001/03/WSWS-popa/paper51
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