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RE: SOAP primer

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 18:24:49 -0400
To: "Martin Gudgin" <mgudgin@microsoft.com>
Cc: "Kevin Beason" <beason@cs.fsu.edu>, xmlp-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF7112F4E2.08C36A57-ON8525707D.007ABF49-8525707D.007B1F6D@lotus.com>

Adding a bit to Gudge's response:

The primer is, of course, not the normative specification.  In the actual 
SOAP Framework Recommendation we do say [1]:

"In previous versions of this specification the SOAP name was an acronym. 
This is no longer the case. "

Thus, in SOAP 1.2, we do make clear that the term SOAP is no longer an 
acronym for anything. 

Why?   Well , in earlier versions it was Simple Object Access Protocol. As 
we gradually realized that SOAP was not primarily for Object Access (it's 
for messaging between services that may or may not be implemented as 
objects), that acryonym definition came to seem outright misleading.  So, 
our choice was:  make up a completely new name, or keep SOAP and drop the 
acronym interpretation.  We went for the latter.  SOAP was already a very 
well known term, and it's obviously quite catchy.


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12-part1/#intro

Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
One Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

"Martin Gudgin" <mgudgin@microsoft.com>
Sent by: xmlp-comments-request@w3.org
09/15/2005 11:28 AM
        To:     "Kevin Beason" <beason@cs.fsu.edu>, <xmlp-comments@w3.org>
        cc:     (bcc: Noah Mendelsohn/Cambridge/IBM)
        Subject:        RE: SOAP primer

SOAPs acronym status was revoked sometime during the development of the
1.2 version of the protocol.


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> It's amazing you don't even define what SOAP as an acronym 
> means in the 
> primer. That seems like particularly relevant information.
> Just my two cents.
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