RE: Issue with encodingStyle

Bob Cunnings asks:

>> What is your opinion of the proposal to change:

>> ..."SHOULD indicate their encoding style using 
>> the encodingStyle attribute"

>> to

>> ..."MUST indicate their encoding style using the 
>> encodingStyle attribute"

I think you're asking me, as you're replying to my note.  Honestly, I 
don't think that particular proposal changes things very much.  Either 
way, if the encoding is named in the attribute, generalized SOAP 
processors know about it.  Either way, if you leave it out, you have a 
perfectly legal SOAP message and the processor will take it to be 
unencoded.  How we can prohibit someone from sending something that 
appears to be encoded but really isn't, I'm not sure. 

What would make more sense to me would be:

"For (a portion of a) SOAP block or blocks to be recognizeable as encoded, 
the application MUSTindicate the encoding style using the encodingStyle 
attribute...."  That would have some teeth and would be OK with me.  On 
the other hand, I don't have much trouble with the status quo either. 
Thanks very much.
Noah Mendelsohn                              Voice: 1-617-693-4036
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Received on Wednesday, 6 February 2002 19:58:08 UTC