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Re: Draft wording for <import>

From: Jacek Kopecky <jacek@systinet.com>
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 15:16:56 +0200 (CEST)
To: Jean-Jacques Moreau <moreau@crf.canon.fr>
cc: Web Service Description <www-ws-desc@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0205281457500.16021-100000@mail.idoox.com>

 I believe this is a good start, but I have a few comments.

 As Sanjiva indicated, the wording may be confusing if not 
contradictory on importing other documents than WSDL definitions. 
Do those need targetNamespace as well? How can we mandate that? 
If we don't mandate that, what do we do in case of a mismatch of 
the import namespace and the targetNamespace of the imported 

 Why a WSDL document without a targetNamespace (In 1.1
targetNamespace is indeed optional) cannot import other WSDL

 How do we handle extension symbols defined in a WSDL documents?  
(e.g. a schema for targetNamespace "a" in types section of WSDL
definition for targetNamespace "b") The current practice is to do 
<import location="foo.wsdl" namespace="b"/>
<import location="foo.wsdl" namespace="a"/>
which is broken according to your wording (and I support the view 
that it's broken, but we should be able to handle the situation.)

 And lastly a point which confuses me in lots of specs: is MAY
NOT the same as MUST NOT?

 Best regards,

                   Jacek Kopecky

                   Senior Architect, Systinet Corporation

On Mon, 27 May 2002, Jean-Jacques Moreau wrote:

 > I took a todo to provide resolution text for the
 > improved-wording-for-import issue. I wasn't here when the actual
 > issue was discussed, so I hope the text below properly addresses
 > the issues which were raised. Comments, flames, etc at the usual
 > address.
 > Jean-Jacques.
 > ----------------------
 > 2.1.1 Document Naming
 > The <el>definitions</el> element information item:
 >    * MUST have a [local name] of <el>definitions</el>.
 >    * MUST have a [namespace name] of
 >      <attval>http://www.w3.org/2002/06/wsdl</attval>.
 >    * MAY have a <att>name</att> attribute information item of
 >      type <att>NCName</att> in the namespace named
 >      <attval>http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema</attval>. Its value
 >      serves as a lightweight form of documentation.
 >    * MAY have a <att>targetNamespace</att> attribute information
 >      item of type <att>anyURI</att> in the namespace named
 >      <attval>http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema</attval>. Its
 >      actual value MUST NOT be a relative URI.
 > 2.1.2 Document Linking [ed: split from above section]
 > The WSDL <el>import</el> element information item allows the
 > separation of the different elements of a service definition into
 > independent documents, which can be imported as needed. This
 > technique helps writing clearer service definitions, by
 > separationg the definitions according to their level of
 > abstraction, and maximizes resusability. The WSDL <el>import</el>
 > element information item is modelled after the XML Schema
 > <el>import</el> element information item (see [ref XML Schema
 > Part 1, section 4.2.3 "References to schema components across
 > namespaces"]).
 > The <el>import</el> element information item has:
 >    * A [local name] of <el>import</el>.
 >    * A [namespace name] of
 >      <attval>http://www.w3.org/2002/06/wsdl</attval>.
 >    * An attribute information item with a [local name] of
 >      <att>namespace</att>
 >    * A <att>namespace</att> attribute information item of type
 >      <att>anyURI</att> in the namespace named
 >      <attval>http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema</attval>. Its
 >      actual value indicates that the containing WSDL document can
 >      contain qualified references to WSDL definitions in that
 >      namespace (via one or more prefixes declared with namespace
 >      declarations in the normal way). This value MUST NOT match
 >      the actual value of the enclosing WSDL document
 >      <att>targetNamespace</att> attribute information item. It
 >      MUST be identical to the actual value of the referred WSDL
 >      document <att>targetNamespace</att>.
 >    * A <att>location</att> attribute information item of type
 >      <att>anyURI</att> in the namespace named
 >      <attval>http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema</attval>. Its
 >      actual value is the location of a well-formed WSDL (or
 >      other) document with definitions for that namespace.
 > An <att>import</att> element information item MUST NOT be present
 > when there is no <att>targetNamespace</att> attribute information
 > item in the containing WSDL document.
 > The WSDL <el>import</el> element information item MAY reference:
 >    * All standard WSDL definitions, such as service, port,
 >      message, bindings and portType.
 >    * Any XML namespace qualified extensibility definitions.
 > <note>The components to be imported MAY NOT be in the form of a
 > WSDL document. A WSDL processor is free to access of construct
 > components using means of itw own choosing.</note>[ed: this is in
 > XSD; do we want this as well?]
 > [ed: move the following to the primer?]
 > Example 2 below uses the <el>import</el> element information item
 > to separate the definitions from Example 1 into three separate,
 > more manageable documents: data type definitions, abstract
 > definitions and specific service bindings.
 > <quote>
 > http://example.com/stockquote/stockquote.xsd
 > http://example.com/stockquote/stockquote.wsdl
 > http://example.com/stockquote/stockquoteservice.wsdl
 > </quote>
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