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Re: Suggestion on application/soap{+xml} media type attribute

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 21:10:02 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200112030210.VAA17913@markbaker.ca>
To: henrikn@microsoft.com (Henrik Frystyk Nielsen)
Cc: xml-dist-app@w3c.org (XML dist app)
> As we are now defining a new media type, we no longer have this
> constraint. Therefore, I suggest we consider defining an OPTIONAL media
> type attribute as part of our new media type that can contain this
> information, something like this:
> 
> 	application/soap+xml; action="http://www.example.org/foo"

Right.  I've been suggesting this for a while, though I've always
named the parameter "namespace", because I always saw it as being the
namespace of the immediate (assuming only one) child of the body
element.  But I suppose "action" is more neutral with respect to the
RPC use of SOAP.

I support this proposal.

> If we go this way we can in fact GET RID OF SOAPAction HTTP header field
> altogether and make the link between the media type explicit hence
> avoiding some of the confusion.

There's other issues that we'd have to resolve before removing
SOAPAction.  For example, do we want to also allow application/xml (as
defined in RFC 3023) to be used?  I think we do, so some thought has to
go into that.

MB
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