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Issue 48 Re-closed (re:custom data encodings)

From: Marc Hadley <marc.hadley@sun.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 11:41:25 +0000
Message-ID: <3C8DE965.6040206@sun.com>
To: "'xmlp-comments@w3.org'" <xmlp-comments@w3.org>
CC: Vidur Apparao <vidur@netscape.com>

You raised an issue [1] to the XML Protocol WG pertaining to the use of
custom data encodings in SOAP. The issue was originally closed in 
November 2001[2] but during the Feb 2002 F2F meeting the issue was 
reopened and closed as follows.

(i) An implementation of SOAP could be conformant without
supporting the SOAP encoding. i.e. Support of the SOAP encoding is
optional in implementations.
(ii) The SOAP encoding is dependent on the SOAP data model
and that the RPC convention is dependent on the SOAP data model *but* 
*not* the SOAP encoding.
(iii) Tests would be provided for implementations claiming conformance
with the SOAP encoding.

To resolve issue 48 we agreed to the following two actions:

(a) Instructing the editors of the SOAP specification to clarify the
optional nature of the SOAP encoding in the specification and to clearly
describe the dependencies between SOAP, the SOAP data model, SOAP
encoding and RPC convention.
(b) Instructing the conformance subgroup to include tests for SOAP
encoding conformance, but to note the optional nature of the SOAP
encoding in the test suite. i.e. SOAP implementations may choose not to
implement the SOAP encoding, but if they claim conformance with the SOAP
encoding they must pass all of the SOAP encoding conformance tests.

As such, the WG considers the issue (re)closed. Please let us know if
this is an acceptable resolution.


[1] http://www.w3.org/2000/xp/Group/xmlp-issues.html#x48
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/xmlp-comments/2001Nov/0000.html

Marc Hadley <marc.hadley@sun.com>
XML Technology Centre, Sun Microsystems.
Received on Tuesday, 12 March 2002 06:41:34 UTC

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