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RE: [soapbuilders] Re: XML Protocol: Proposals to address SOAPAction header

From: Matt Long <mlong@phalanxsys.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2001 11:33:50 -0500
To: "'graham glass'" <graham-glass@mindspring.com>, <soapbuilders@yahoogroups.com>, "'Henrik Frystyk Nielsen'" <henrikn@microsoft.com>, "'Simon Fell'" <soap@zaks.demon.co.uk>, <xml-dist-app@w3.org>, <xmlp-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <005801c0f1cb$223aae20$34fff6d0@phalanxsys.com>
If your WSDL processor receives a value for SOAPAction then the processor
should resolve the SOAPAction value to the
operation/binding/port/portType/message(s)/part(s), e.g., regardless of the
actual value of SOAPAction the message intent and structure are known.
Caveat...*all* SOAPActions cannot be equal, e.g., unresolvable.

If you imported a WSDL, the SOAPAction value of "XXX" provides one of the
mechanisms for resolution of the imported WSDL regardless of its actual
value.  This is one of the more powerful aspects of WSDL whether document or
rpc style messages.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: xml-dist-app-request@w3.org
> [mailto:xml-dist-app-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of graham glass
> Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2001 7:42 PM
> To: soapbuilders@yahoogroups.com; Henrik Frystyk Nielsen; Simon Fell;
> xml-dist-app@w3.org; xmlp-comments@w3.org
> Subject: RE: [soapbuilders] Re: XML Protocol: Proposals to address
> SOAPAction header
> hi guys,
> my issue is still exactly the same as it was 3 months ago.
> based on the current definition, the owner of a SOAP server
> cannot count on the SOAPAction having any particular meaning
> unless the owner was also the one that generated the WSDL.
> this is fine in a closed, small system, such as frontier
> publishing WSDL for its own service and specifying which
> SOAPAction it wants, but seems to lose its value when WSDL
> is published by vendor X and then an implementation of the
> service is hosted on vendor Y's SOAP server.
> from my own perspective, if GLUE hosts a web service
> that implements a WSDL published by IBM and IBM decides to
> make the SOAPAction "FOOBAR", what can GLUE do this with
> value? can it filter based on it? i guess i could, if i
> manually program the HTTP server with all the various
> SOAPActions from different WSDLs that i want to filter.
> is that the intent - that the SOAPAction fields are
> manually entered into some kind of firewall software?
> can i route based on it? no, not if IBM chooses a value
> that is not particularly meaningful. i have no control
> over what value they use if they happen to set the standard
> for that particular web service definition.
> am i totally missing something here?
> i've still yet to see where the SOAPAction value can be
> useful in an open environment where the publisher of the
> WSDL can basically set it to whatever value they want.
> cheers,
> graham
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jake Savin [mailto:jake@userland.com]
> Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2001 7:21 PM
> To: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen; Simon Fell; xml-dist-app@w3.org;
> xmlp-comments@w3.org
> Cc: soapbuilders@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [soapbuilders] Re: XML Protocol: Proposals to address
> SOAPAction header
> Hi Henrik,
> >From my point of view, this is a *much* more attractive
> clarification of the
> use of SOAPAction, than the previous proposals (the
> deprecation or removal
> of SOAPAction).
> It addresses some of the ambiguities of the current wording,
> as well as
> avoiding breaking existing implementations and services.
> I endorse it.
> -Jake
> on 6/9/01 10:27 AM, Henrik Frystyk Nielsen at
> henrikn@microsoft.com wrote:
> > Note that there has been work going on in clarifying the
> SOAPAction use
> > - I would be interested in hearing what you think about that
> >
> > http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/xml-dist-app/2001May/0053.html
> >
> > Henrik
> >
> >> If A & B are the only choices they i'd pick B, A is just an
> >> interop mess waiting to happen.
> >>
> >> However, SOAPAction in its current (i.e. SOAP 1.1) form, does
> >> serve a useful purpose, my only complaint is that the spec
> >> doesn't describe very well how to use it.
> >
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