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Re: Issue with encodingStyle

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 23:44:20 -0500
To: <tjewald@develop.com>
Cc: "XMLDISTAPP" <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OFCCB3C145.EF492F91-ON85256B5B.0014F425@lotus.com>
>> So why not do away with the encodingStyle attribute altogether?

It greatly facilitates the construction of middleware, especially bindings 
to programming languages.  While it's true that SOAP processors can handle 
any message, with or without identified encoding, the idea is that a SOAP 
processor can provide a richer service when it knows the encoding.  For 
example, many SOAP processors will do a very useful job of mapping to 
programming languages like Java or to ORB-like systems such as .Net.  If 
you only know that it's XML, there tends to be less that you can do. 
Without the encoding, the tendency is that each SOAP application has a bit 
more work to do. 

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