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Re: pls review text added for what "required" means

From: David Booth <dbooth@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 10:52:32 -0400
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To: Amelia A Lewis <alewis@tibco.com>
Cc: www-ws-desc@w3.org

At 10:06 AM 7/29/2004 -0400, Amelia A Lewis wrote:
>Ugh, when did we get this awful "requester agent" and "provider agent"
>language?  I see it's already in the spec.  bleah.

It is the terminology defined in the Web Services Architecture[1] and 
Glossary[2] documents.

>The node interacting with a service is not always a 'requester'. . . .

True, but this is explicitly clarified in the Web Services Architecture[1] 
In most cases, the requester agent is the one to initiate this message 
exchange, though not always. Nonetheless, for consistency we still use the 
term "requester agent" for the agent that interacts with the provider 
agent, even in cases when the provider agent actually initiates the exchange.

The Web Services Architecture WG spent a lot of time deciding what terms to 
use, and considered a lot of suggestions.  In the end we needed to pick 
something, and these were the terms with the most support.   (A number of 
people were resistant to using the term "client" for example.)

1. http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/NOTE-ws-arch-20040211/
2. http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/NOTE-ws-gloss-20040211/

David Booth
W3C Fellow / Hewlett-Packard
Telephone: +1.617.253.1273
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