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RE: text/xml for SOAP is incorrect

From: Bob Cunnings <cunnings@lectrosonics.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 10:15:31 -0700
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org
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Hello,

Section 6 [1] would need more than a comment... at the moment it 
mandates "text/xml", so the examples are quite right.

RC

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/WD-soap12-
20010709/#_Toc478383526

> Well then somebody should tell Apache/IBM/Sun that, since the Apache
> SOAP processor using the Tomcat Servlet/JSP engine specifies text/xml
> for the content-type.
> 
> I think then that the Apache SOAP system should be fixed immediately
> because the more exposure Apache SOAP gets the harder it will be to get
> people to change.
> 
> Are people aware that the examples in the draft spec are use text/xml?
> The examples should be changed and there should be a comment in section
> 6.
> 
> Matthew Jones
> mjones@netsilicon.com
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: mmurata@trl.ibm.co.jp [mailto:mmurata@trl.ibm.co.jp]
> > Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 6:17 AM
> > To: xml-dist-app@w3.org
> > Cc: simonstl@simonstl.com; dan@dankohn.com
> > Subject: text/xml for SOAP is incorrect
> > 
> > 
> > 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.
> > 
> > >3. XML Media Types
> > ... 
> > >    If an XML document -- that is, the unprocessed, source 
> > XML document
> > >    -- is readable by casual users, text/xml is preferable to
> > >    application/xml.  MIME user agents (and web user agents) 
> > that do not
> > >    have explicit support for text/xml will treat it as 
> > text/plain, for
> > >    example, by displaying the XML MIME entity as plain text.
> > >    Application/xml is preferable when the XML MIME entity 
> > is unreadable
> > >    by casual users.  Similarly, text/xml-external-parsed-entity is
> > >    preferable when an external parsed entity is readable by casual
> > >    users, but application/xml-external-parsed-entity is 
> > preferable when
> > >    a plain text display is inappropriate.
> > > 
> > >       NOTE: Users are in general not used to text 
> > containing tags such
> > >       as <price>, and often find such tags quite disorienting or
> > >       annoying.  If one is not sure, the conservative 
> > principle would
> > >       suggest using application/* instead of text/* so as not to put
> > >       information in front of users that they will quite likely not
> > >       understand.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > 
> > MURATA Makoto
> > 
> > 
Received on Monday, 17 September 2001 12:15:51 GMT

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