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Re: Determining when an HTTP Post is a SOAP request.

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 19:32:44 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200110022332.TAA22110@markbaker.ca>
To: BRIAN.RICKABAUGH@APPL.GE.COM ("Rickabaugh, Brian (GEA, 094855)")
Cc: xml-dist-app@w3.org
> I was also thinking that the Content-Type header would be appropriate.  The
> current Content-Type for SOAP requests is text/xml which seems a little
> ambiguous and doesn't seem sufficient enough to categorically deem the
> incoming request a SOAP request.  Does it?

No, it doesn't.

But, in important ways, it *is* accurate to say that the content type
of a SOAP message is application/xml (*).  So even if the WG does
decide to use a SOAP-specific media type (which I'm still in favour
of, though perhaps not as enthusiastically as before), this media type
should not be the only media type with which SOAP messages can be
delivered, and therefore cannot be used to unambiguously identify a
SOAP message.  Another mechanism is still required.

 (*) text/xml is broken for other reasons

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