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RE: SOAP intermediary - issue 70 (cont'd)

From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <henrikn@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 10:55:56 -0700
Message-ID: <79107D208BA38C45A4E45F62673A434D03442342@red-msg-07.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Christopher Ferris" <chris.ferris@sun.com>
Cc: <Noah_Mendelsohn@lotus.com>, <xml-dist-app@w3.org>

Close :) Processing by an intermediary may NOT result in a message being
forwarded. In a two-way message exchange pattern, a cache may determine
that it can deal with the message and short-circuit the message path
like for example an HTTP cache does. In this case, the cache acts on
behalf of the ultimate destination without actually being the ultimate

There are also cases where a message path fails and an intermediary
returns a fault. In this case, it *does* act as an initial sender of the
fault message although it doesn't act as the ultimate destination of the
incoming message (this is what the faultactor is for). Maybe the text in
section 2.5 [1] covers this already:

"If the SOAP node is a SOAP intermediary, the SOAP message pattern and
results of processing (e.g. no fault generated) MAY require that the
SOAP message be sent further along the SOAP message path."

Sorry if I have missed this but is this intended for the terminology
section? Does it need to be repeated, or?



[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12-part1/#procsoapmsgs

>I don't think that we have dropped it. True, it is implicitly 
>rather than explicitly stated. Maybe the following would 
>address your concerns?
>"A SOAP intermediary is both a SOAP receiver and a SOAP sender 
>that is neither the intial SOAP sender nor the ultimate 
>receiver of a SOAP message. A SOAP intermediary is target-able 
>from with a SOAP message by means of the SOAP actor attribute 
>value. A SOAP intermediary MUST process a SOAP message 
>according to the SOAP processing model. A consequence of 
>processing is that the SOAP message is sent further along the 
>SOAP message path to the next SOAP node."
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