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RE: ISSUE (3639) Which policy alternative was selected?

From: Dale Moberg <dmoberg@us.axway.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 15:44:24 -0700
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ISSUE (3639) Which policy alternative was selected

Though the MTOM example has provided some interesting conversation, at
least one original issue that I thought was in this thread on ISSUE 3639
was why it would be useful to have a service consumer inform a service
provider which policy alternative the service consumer had selected. 

First, if there are wire manifestations of the consumer's policy choice
(so that the provider can tell what policy is operative by looking at
the consumer's message), the main kind of use cases for informing the
provider of the consumer's choice would be if the consumer was (by
convention) not allowed to change from conforming to one policy
alternative to conforming to another policy alternative "dynamically"
(that is, to make use of a different policy alternative at the service
consumer's whim). I think that there are IT departments that like things
to be tidy in this way, but I would like to consider another type of use
case, not involving anything in the consumer's message indicating the
"choice" of policy alternative.

So instead...

Consider that there are provider policy alternatives for business
document archiving that have to meet variable (US) state retention

For example, suppose (US) states varied in how long they required out of
state businesses to retain electronic business documents. Also, suppose
that different states required 12 months, 3 years, or seven years.

A business might then announce its capabilities with respect to business
document retention functionality as:

     <!--  other stuff -->
   <!--  other stuff -->
   <!--  other stuff -->

It would at least be difficult for a provider to know how long to retain
the records without getting some feedback about which of the provider's
retention capabilities is to be used for a given service consumer. To be
on the safe side, possibly retain all documents for 7 years? But if the
other side expected that the documents would be erased after legal
requirements expired, as the element names are intended to suggest, that
wouldn't suffice.

The SOX world is full of such interactions being needed, and though
these are not "technical" policies, examples like these show why
consumer/provider alignment on operative policy alternatives could be

It might, however, be better to treat these issues in v.next, when
possibly preference over policy alternatives and negotiation would come
into scope.
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