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RE: RPCTF: Should RPC be core or an extension ?

From: Daniela Florescu <daniela.florescu@propel.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 12:49:15 -0700
Message-ID: <A59E9E87D8CAD311B005009027AFC5F001F85F69@exchg01.propel.com>
To: "'John Ibbotson'" <john_ibbotson@uk.ibm.com>, xml-dist-app@w3.org
> I believe the SOAP 1.1 specification confused matters by 
> including sections
> on RPC and encoding. 


I agree 100% with what you say in this email.
Thanks for saying it !
My company has large problems because of the 
misunderstanding generated by the sections
on RPC and encoding and I heard tons of other
companies complaining about the same problem.

Best regards,

Readers of the specification came to the 
> incorrect
> conclusion that SOAP was inextricably linked to RPC. As 
> Henrik pointed out
> inthe early days of the WG, SOAP is really only a single way 
> message with
> RPC being a convention for linking two single way messages into a
> request/response pair together with an encoding mechanism. By 
> removing  RPC
> from the core specification and placing it into a separate 
> extension, we
> have the opportunity to correct the confusion that I believe 
> originates
> from SOAP 1.1.
> There is a second reason for removing RPC from the core specification.
> There is a large body of users (the EDI community via ebXML) 
> for whom RPC
> is not the preferred invocation mechanism. They operate with 
> a document
> exchange model which may include boxcarring of business documents in a
> single message each of which is of equal processing 
> importance. If the WG
> perpetuates the perceived importance of RPC by including it 
> in the core
> specification rather than viewing it as an extension, then 
> acceptance of
> SOAP in some communities may be diminished.
> Comments please,
> John
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