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SOAPAction header vs. action parameter

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2002 21:49:57 -0500
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org
Message-ID: <20020401214957.A20643@www.markbaker.ca>

IIRC, we agreed to place the "action" parameter on the
application/soap+xml media type.  Section 7.5 of the latest version of
part 2 of the specification doesn't talk about this at all, it only
talks about the use of the SOAPAction header.

We should talk about whether we want to support two mechanisms for
specifying "action" or not.  If we want or need to support both, we
should define what happens if they're both used at the same time.  We
also need to specify how the RequiredSOAPActionURI property interacts
with the action parameter in this case.

I'm not sure that I have much of an opinion, but I'm all for keeping
things simple, so I'd suggest that removing the SOAPAction header
completely and making RequiredSOAPActionURI apply to the action
parameter instead of the header, would be the easiest thing to do.
But I don't know whose feet that would step on.

Also, no where is it stated what the SOAPAction property actually
means any more.  I know "intent" was fairly vague, but certainly,
saying nothing can't be considered an improvement! 8-)  I need an
explanation for the media type draft too.


Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com
Received on Monday, 1 April 2002 21:44:22 UTC

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