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Proposals to address SOAPAction header

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@akamai.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 06:42:20 -0700
To: XML Distributed Applications List <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20010607064218.C3213@akamai.com>
The W3C XML Protocol Working Group is attempting to address perceived
and reported problems with the "SOAPAction" mechanism in the HTTP
binding (see SOAP 1.1 Section 6.1.1 [1]). As part of this process,
the WG wishes to solicit comments and guidence on two proposals it
has generated, as below.

Comments must go to xmlp-comments@w3.org by 2001-06-18, and should
address the proposals as they sit, and may optionally make general
comments on resolution of issues with SOAPAction. Those representing
the positions of particular groups or organisations are requested to 
clearly identify themselves as such. The WG encourages additional   
discussion on the xml-dist-app@w3.org mailing list.

Neither of the following options precludes equivalent functionality
elsewhere.

Proposal A:
Use of SOAPAction is discouraged. SOAPAction is an optional part of
XMLP, supported but not required. Services MAY require SOAPAction and
any software wishing to access those services MUST be able to send   
it.

Proposal B:
Use of SOAPAction is deprecated. Senders SHOULD NOT send SOAPAction.
Receivers MUST NOT accept or reject messages on the basis of the
presense, absence, or value of the SOAPAction header.

Regards,

Mark Nottingham
for the W3C XML Protocol Working Group


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/SOAP/#_Toc478383528


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Mark Nottingham, Research Scientist
Akamai Technologies (San Mateo, CA USA)
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