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i028: Implications of the presence of ReplyTo

From: Marc Hadley <Marc.Hadley@Sun.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 13:52:04 -0500
To: public-ws-addressing@w3.org
Message-id: <9D1B57A0-3349-11D9-AEEE-000A95BC8D92@Sun.COM>

Issue 28[1] concerns the implications of the presence of ReplyTo in a  
message. Does the presence of a wsa:ReplyTo imply that a reply is  
required, does absence of ReplyTo indicate a one-way message ?

<wsa:ReplyTo> is optional and the specification states that:

(i) It "MUST be present if a reply is expected",
(ii) But "If the [reply endpoint] is absent, the contents of the  
[source endpoint] may be used to formulate a message to the source."  
[reply endpoint] serializes as wsa:ReplyTo, [source endpoint]  
serializes as wsa:From.

I.e. <wsa:ReplyTo> must be present, but if not use <wsa:From> instead -  
the two statements seem to be contradictory.

If we accept (i) then a typical use of a request response MEP using the  
SOAP/HTTP binding would require the presence of the following header  


This is a lot of bytes that provide no real information. My preference  
would be that omission of a ReplyTo is semantically equivalent to its  
presence as shown above but that would mean that its presence cannot be  
used to determine whether a reply is expected or not.


[1] http://www.w3.org/2002/ws/addr/wd-issues/#i028
Marc Hadley <marc.hadley at sun.com>
Web Technologies and Standards, Sun Microsystems.
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