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RE: SOAP Binding and SOAPAction in SOAP 1.1 -- editorial issue

From: Jonathan Marsh <jmarsh@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 08:56:29 -0800
Message-ID: <37D0366A39A9044286B2783EB4C3C4E88E827B@RED-MSG-10.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Anish Karmarkar" <Anish.Karmarkar@oracle.com>, "Springer, Ian P." <ian.springer@hp.com>
Cc: <public-ws-addressing@w3.org>

As long as we're considering improvements, I find the phrase
'"[action]"' quite awkward, as we're using quotations in a way different
from their normal meaning as literal delimiters. The literal reading of
the text puts "[action]" literally in the header rather than '"'
followed by the action value followed by another '"'.

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Subject: Re: SOAP Binding and SOAPAction in SOAP 1.1 -- editorial issue

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I was trying to cover the case of the SOAP 1.1 HTTP binding as defined 
by SOAP 1.1 spec, as well as the one-way SOAP 1.1 HTTP binding as 
defined by WS-I Basic Profile [1] -- which can be considered to be a 
modification of the SOAP 1.1 spec binding or a completely new binding.

But, in both cases it is still the HTTP request that has the SOAPAction 
HTTP header. So your suggestion of using: "The value of the HTTP 
*Request* header ..." works and is a better alternative for the reason 
that you point out. So +1.

[1] http://www.ws-i.org/Profiles/BasicProfile-1.1-2004-08-24.html

Springer, Ian P. wrote:
>     There is an editorial issue with the  paragraph quoted above (old
>     well as new). SOAPAction HTTP header is required by SOAP 1.1 and
>     1.1 only in the case of HTTP request and not for the HTTP
>     The current wordings make it appear that the value of SOAPAction
>     HTTP header must be either "[action]" or "" for both the HTTP
>     request and response. To disambiguate this, I would like to
>     a ed. modification:
>     "Use of the SOAPAction HTTP header is required* in the HTTP
>     when using the SOAP 1.1 HTTP binding.* *The value of the
>     HTTP header*, if present,* MUST either be "[action]" or "" (quotes
>     are significant). The latter case supports the ability to obscure
>     the wsa:Action header through SOAP-level security mechanisms,
>     without requiring otherwise unnecessary transport-level security.
>     SOAPAction value different to "[action]" or "", results in the
>     generation of an Action Mismatch fault (see Action
>     I agree with adding "in the HTTP request", but not ", if
>     which appears to conflict with the fact that we just stated that
>     header was required. Perhaps instead say "The value of the HTTP
>     request header ..." or just leave the second sentence as is, since
>     the [new] first sentence already states we're only talking about
>     HTTP request.
>     Ian
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