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Re: text/xml for SOAP is incorrect

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 11:59:11 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200109171559.LAA24028@markbaker.ca>
To: mmurata@trl.ibm.co.jp
Cc: xml-dist-app@w3.org, simonstl@simonstl.com, dan@dankohn.com
Murata-san,

> Dear the XML Protocol WG,
> 
> As a co-author of RFC 3023 (XML Media Types), I repeat my claim.  Use
> of text/xml for SOAP is incorrect.  Please use application/xml,
> instead.

I assume you're primarily suggesting that text/xml not be used, not that
application/xml should be used.  I personally believe that
application/soap+xml is the best choice as it;

- helps with the migration to application/xml once it can be assumed
that XML processors dispatch on namespaces (see RFC 3023, last
paragraph in Sec 3).
- provides a syntactically cleaner place for holding information
previously conveyed via SOAPAction (a parameter on the media type,
which can't be done to application/xml without updating 3023)

Thanks for bringing this up again, it's an important point.

MB
Received on Monday, 17 September 2001 11:58:00 GMT

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