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Re: Request/response correlation in Email/SMTP binding

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 10:34:16 +0100
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To: "Lars von Wedel" <lvonwedel@hotmail.com>
Cc: <xml-dist-app@w3.org>

At 09:59 AM 7/26/02 +0200, Lars von Wedel wrote:

>I'm interested in wiring SOAP via SMTP/POP/IMAP/... I saw a couple
>of proposals as well as some messages on the list and the current
>state of an email binding (let me call it like this) seems to be
>an ongoing discussion.
>My goal is to extend an existing SOAP implementation using HTTP
>towards sending via SMTP and retrieving via POP/IMAP.
>The main question I have at this time is how to establish a
>between a requests and its response: I've seen proposals for using
>the Message-ID and In-reply-to headers, but somewhere else I read
>that correspondence should be handled on the application level.
>What is the (currently) preferred view of handling request/response
>correlation for SOAP over Email?

Doing this kind of thing over Internet email protocols raises some tricky 
architectural issues with the protocols.  Some of these are tackled in a 
recent RFC:
(which deals with content negotiation in email.)


Graham Klyne
Received on Friday, 26 July 2002 06:19:48 UTC

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