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RE: SOAP Versioning

From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 09:07:30 -0700
To: "Martin Gudgin" <marting@develop.com>
Cc: "XML Protocol Discussion" <xml-dist-app@w3.org>, <xmlp-comments@w3.org>
Thank you for your comments. I can see that the versioning
issue was addressed at some length. The result is a discussion
of how versioning between SOAP 1.1 and SOAP 1.2 should be managed.
As http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12/#version points out, there
is still not a general versioning mechanism that can apply
to any version (since the Working Group is still considering
providing one). And, also as you point out, the applicability
of the specific mechanism for transitioning from SOAP 1.1 to
SOAP 1.2 may not apply as a general versioning mechanism.

I don't think the issue can be considered "closed" until there
is a general versioning mechanism: either a new mechanism
or a convincing analysis that the specific mechanism proposed
for SOAP 1.1 to SOAP 1.2 is appropriate for the general case.

I would also suggest that implementation and demonstration of
interoperability and use of the versioning mechanisms be made
part of the criteria for XML Protocol moving out of Candidate
Recommendation, when that time comes.

> Larry,
> A while ago you raised an issue regarding versioning in SOAP. This is
> classified as issue 14[1] in the XML Protocol Working Group list of issues
> against SOAP 1.2[2]
> At a face-to-face meeting back in February the Working Group decided to
> change the SOAP namespace URI and describe how versioning from SOAP 1.1 to
> SOAP 1.2 should be managed[3]. Hopefully this addresses your issue. If it
> does not, it would help the working group if you would respond to this
> e-mail detailing your outstanding concerns.
> Regards
> Martin Gudgin
> DevelopMentor
> For W3C XML Protocol Working Group
> [1] http://www.w3.org/2000/xp/Group/xmlp-issues.html#x14
> [2] http://www.w3.org/2000/xp/Group/xmlp-issues.html
> [3] http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12/#version
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