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RE: XML Protocol specification conformance issues

From: Michael Brennan <Michael_Brennan@Allegis.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 19:12:08 -0800
Message-ID: <753B28EF1C2DD411AF1C00B0D0202CB5014D3CC8@mailhost.hq.allegis.com>
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org
Another useful link: http://www.xmethods.net/soapbuilders/interop.html

I'd like to see conformance to RFC 3023 on XML Media
(http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc3023.txt) added to conformance issues.
Very few developers understand character encoding issues, and the level of
compliance for existing SOAP toolkits (and other XML messaging toolkits) to
relevant specs is abysmal, at present. See for instance the anecdotal
observation of one developer that only 4% of the SOAP requests his server is
receiving are identifying the character encoding in a manner comforming to
the XML Media RFC:

I understand there has been some controversy over RFC 3023, but in my mind,
if we are going to have protocols piggybacking on top of HTTP and MIME, they
better be doing so in a manner conforming to those standards (unless the W3C
elects to offer explicit guidance for handling this in another manner).

The ebXML spec is taking the appropriate approach to offering explicit
guidance to developers in this regard, IMO:


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hugo Haas [mailto:hugo@w3.org]
> Sent: Friday, March 23, 2001 1:21 PM
> To: xml-dist-app@w3.org
> Subject: XML Protocol specification conformance issues
> David Clay, Kazunori Iwasa and I have written a short document about
> XML Protocol specification conformance issues in order to address 
> requirement 301a and to prepare the Candidate Recommendation stage.
> The latest version is available for review at [1].
>   1. http://www.w3.org/2000/xp/Group/1/03/xmlprotocol-conformance
> -- 
> Hugo Haas - W3C
> mailto:hugo@w3.org - http://www.w3.org/People/Hugo/ - 
> tel:+1-617-452-2092
Received on Friday, 23 March 2001 22:16:47 UTC

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