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Review of "Requirements for the Internationalization of Web Services"

From: Tony Graham <Tony.Graham@Sun.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 16:43:49 +0100 (BST)
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org
Message-id: <20040525.164349.90761517.Tony.Graham@Sun.COM>

I reviewed the "Requirements for the Internationalization of Web
Services" WD at http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/WD-ws-i18n-req-20031217/ for
issues relevant to SOAP.  The document does not appear to require any
action by the XML Protocol WG.

The WD is very short.  It defines six requirements:

    R001 SOAP Locale Feature
    R002 WSDL Locale Feature
    R003 WSDL International Policy Feature
    R004 SOAP International Policy Feature
    R005 Locale Identifiers
    R006 Multi-Lingual Service Discovery Requirements

Only two are directly relevant to SOAP: "R001 SOAP Locale Feature" and
"R004 SOAP International Policy Feature".

Both R001 and R004 are requirements for SOAP features.  The use of
SOAP 1.2 terminology is correct, as is the reference to Section 5, A
Convention for Describing Features and Bindings [1], of the SOAP 1.2
Part 2 Recommendation.

It is not clear who is expected to fulfill the stated requirements for
two SOAP features.  The Abstract of the WD does state:

   We intend to use these requirements as input for the next phase of
   our work.

so, presumably, the Web Services Internationalization Task Force will
define the SOAP features (if the requirements are still present when
the WD becomes a Note).

As editorial review, in the first paragraph of Section 1,
Introduction, the text "XML based" should be "XML-based", and in the
second paragraph, the text "this document" should be "that document".


Tony Graham
Web Products, Technologies and Standards           Phone: +353 1 8199708
Sun Microsystems                                              x(70)19708
East Point Business Park, Dublin 3, Ireland

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/REC-soap12-part2-20030624/#soapfeatspec
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