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RE: Contradictions regarding transitivity of wsdl:import

From: Martin Gudgin <mgudgin@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 07:35:41 -0700
Message-ID: <DD35CC66F54D8248B6E04232892B6338057528B6@RED-MSG-43.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Arthur Ryman" <ryman@ca.ibm.com>
Cc: "David Booth" <dbooth@w3.org>, <www-ws-desc@w3.org>, <www-ws-desc-request@w3.org>
So, to summarize; the plan is to rename, at the component model level,
the 'Description' component to be called the 'Component Model'


	From: Arthur Ryman [mailto:ryman@ca.ibm.com] 
	Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 6:07 AM
	To: Martin Gudgin
	Cc: David Booth; www-ws-desc@w3.org; www-ws-desc-request@w3.org
	Subject: RE: Contradictions regarding transitivity of

	After your note, David phoned me and we talked for a long time.
The conversation pointed out to me that what I considered to be the
obvious interpretation of the component model was not so obvious. 
	My interpretation was that the Description component contained
all the components from all the documents. i.e., we are only talking
about a single component model instance. Any reference from one
component must land on another component within the same Description
	However, David thought that the Description component mapped
more closely to the <description> element and that it contained only
those components that were "visible" to the components defined in the
	I think this confusion could be reduced by adopting Option 1,
namely get rid of the Description component and replace it with a new
object named "Component Model". That would make is clear that there is
no close correspondence with a document. 
	The Component Model object would contain the same properties as
the current Description component. These properties contain the "root"
components: interfaces, bindings, services, and types. All other
components are nested within the root components. 
	Option 1 also has the benefit that we finally define the
Component Model in the same amount of detail as we define the
components. The spec refers to the component model a lot but never
actually defines in much detail. 
	Arthur Ryman,
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"Martin Gudgin" <mgudgin@microsoft.com> 
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04/18/2005 09:56 PM 

"David Booth" <dbooth@w3.org>, Arthur Ryman/Toronto/IBM@IBMCA 
RE: Contradictions regarding transitivity of wsdl:import


	I didn't think this was where we ended up after my
	e-mail... What happened? 
	> -----Original Message-----
	> From: David Booth [mailto:dbooth@w3.org] 
	> Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 6:53 PM
	> To: Arthur Ryman
	> Cc: Martin Gudgin; www-ws-desc@w3.org
	> Subject: RE: Contradictions regarding transitivity of
	> On Mon, 2005-04-18 at 12:17, Arthur Ryman wrote:
	> > David,
	> > 
	> > I don't think this works in general. The reason is that
	> > refer to each other so there really isn't a component model
for each
	> > document..
	> I now understand that that is the current design of the
	> model.  I was suggesting that instead there should be a 
	> component model
	> for each WSDL 2.0 document (i.e., each wsdl:description
	> information item), along the lines of option 2 that you
propose below.
	> > 
	> > You could have a document that didn't refer to any other 
	> document, and
	> > that would have a component model. That is a "leaf" node.
	> > 
	> > Document can actually have circular references to 
	> eachother. The spec
	> > permits this. The component model therefore must include all
	> > components in order to satisfy the intercomponent
	> > 
	> > My reading of the spec is that all components belong to a
	> > instance of the component model. The instance is defined by
a root
	> > document and the set of documents it references.
	> > 
	> > There are two possible ways we could improve the clarity of 
	> the spec:
	> > 
	> > Option 1. Rename the Description Component to the Component
	> > 
	> > This actually eliminates the Description component
altogether and
	> > replaces it with an object called the Component Model. The 
	> spec talks
	> > a lot about the component model, but never actually defines 
	> it. We can
	> > make it clear that the component model contains all the
	> > from all the documents processed.
	> > 
	> > Option 2. Define the Component Model to be a set of
	> > Components, and restrict each Description component to only
	> > the components defined in it
	> Yes, I think this approach would be a considerably clearer and
	> straightforward way to go.  However, I would nitpick about the
	> "set".  "Directed graph" would be more precise:  A given WSDL
	> document would have a single Description component, which may
refer to
	> other Description components (if the original WSDL 2.0 
	> document imports
	> other documents, for example), thus representing a directed
	> > 
	> > This makes the mapping between Description components and
	> > clearer. 
	> Yes, and we need people to understand our spec.  We have
	> received complaints about how hard it is to understand.   
	> > It introduces the technical subtlety of what to do about
	> > components. We currently allow duplicate components to come
	> > different documents as long as the components are
equivalent. To
	> > resolve component references, we need to pick a particular
	> > among the set of equivant components (or formally introduce 
	> the notion
	> > of equivalence class and make component references resolve 
	> to those).
	> I think we have that subtlety already, but you're right it 
	> will have to
	> be resolved differently.  There are several ways it could be 
	> handled.  I
	> doubt equivalence classes would be needed.  One way is for
	> Description component to have an {imported descriptions} 
	> property.  Then
	> if a new document is imported, ignore it if its corresponding
	> Description component is already in that set.
	> -- 
	> David Booth <dbooth@w3.org>
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