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Issues 368 and 369 Proposal

From: John Ibbotson <john_ibbotson@uk.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 14:14:15 +0100
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org
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Issue 369 and most of issue 368 seek to calrify the conformance criteria
for the SOAP 1.2 specification. The issues were raised as part of a review
of the SOAP WG documents bythe W3C QA WG.

The relevant parts of issue 368 are:
There is no dedicated Conformance section that would
1. when an implementation could claim conformance to the SOAP 1.2 spec, and
what does it mean.
2. clearly state that Part I is obligatory and any adjunct from the Part II
is optional.
   What combinations of the adjuncts in Part II are allowed.
3. State explicitly, does the implementation of the Part I that does not
use any of the adjunct of the Part II still conform to the
   SOAP 1.2 specification.

Issue 369 states that:
Embedded in the issue 368. Not clear if the implementation is required to
implement any of the adjuncts from the Part 2 in order to
conform to the SOAP 1.2 specification.

Discussion:
The two issues taken together raise the point that there is no clear
statement on what constitutes conformance to the SOAP 1.2 specification.
In particular:
   It is unclear when and how an implementation can claim conformance
   Whether to be conformant, part 1 of the specification is obligatory and
   part 2 is optional

Conformance is further complicated by statements made in the SOAP
Version1.2 Specification Assertions and Test Collection document [1]. In
section1 (Introduction) of that document, it states that :
"A SOAP 1.2 implementation that passes all of the tests specified in this
document may claim to conform to the SOAP 1.2 Test Suite $Date 2002/06/26
$."
In the following paragraph, it states that conformance to the test suite
does not imply conformance to the SOAP 1.2 specification since there are
mandatory
requirements in the specification that are not tested in the test suite
(for example that every legal value of a role name is accepted and all
illegal role names are
rejected). The same paragraph goes on to say that:
"An implementation may be said to be SOAP 1.2 conformant if and only if it
it satisfies the conformance requirements specified in SOAP 1.2
specifications.
The W3C does not at this time provide for any comprehensive means of
testing for such conformance."
Neither part 1 or part 2 of the specification contain any statement with
respect to conformance.

The introduction also states that applications may be conformant even if
they do not implement all of the test suite. This is to support applcations
in special purpose
implementations such as dedicated controllers which only implement a
limited set of messages.

Proposals for discussion:
I see two starting points for WG discussion:
   If we accept that there are parts of the SOAP 1.2 specification for
   which there are no testable assertions, then we should accept that the
   set of test cases are "as close as we can test". Therefore we should
   state in the specifications part 1 and part 2 that conformance to the
   set of testable assertions is the same as conformance to the
   specification.
   XML Schema [2] proposes three levels of conformance by profiling the
   specification. For the SOAP 1.2 specification, this would correespond to
   part 1 wih profiles based on part 2.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-soap12-testcollection-20020626
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-1/#concepts-conformance

John

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XML Technology and Messaging,
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