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Re: attributes using soap encoding/RPC

From: Simon Fell <soap@zaks.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 23:05:18 -0700
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org
Message-ID: <6j97cuggmek7n3qts5qeikucl7nmvjuoh2@4ax.com>
On Fri, 19 Apr 2002 14:06:18 -0400 (EDT), in soap you wrote:

>I had originally posted this to the wrong place.  Anyway.
>We have some complex types defined that have attributes.  The document style
>we are using is RPC, the encoding style is soap encoding.  Some SOAP
>implementations will handle the attributes fine others will not.  In looking
>at the latest soap spec for the encoding rules it's unclear to me whether
>arbitrary attributes are allowed to be serialized using SOAP encoding.
>My question is can you use types that have attributes defined also, with RPC
>style and soap encoding.  Thanks for any help.

The first rule for serialization in the SOAP 1.1 encoding spec is

"All values are represented as element content. A multi-reference
value MUST be represented as the content of an independent element. A
single-reference value SHOULD not be (but MAY be)."

Given this, its impossible to serialize a value following the encoding
spec and have it appear as an attribute value.

If you are trying to re-use existing complex type definitions, then
I'd suggest you switch to literal style SOAP rather than using the
encoding model.

Received on Monday, 22 April 2002 02:04:45 UTC

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