Request for some quick guidance on XMLP Issue 269


The XMLP WG is meeting FTF today and tomorrow, and we are considering an
issue raised in your email [1] and tagged as our issue 269 [2].  If it's
not too inconvenient, we were wondering whether we might impose on you to
give us a quick clarification, preferably in time for consideration on
Thursday, West Coast US time.

You quote our spec:

>> response MAY be of content type other than
>> application/soap+xml:

and suggest

>> add a note saying that care
>> is needed because different content types may have
>> different rules for the 'charset' parameter.

We're not 100% sure we understand the concern.  Note that the full quote
from our spec is:

"The response MAY be of content type other than "application/soap+xml".
Such a result is particularly likely when a SOAP request sent with a
webmeth:Method of "GET" is directed (intentionally or otherwise) to a
non-SOAP HTTP server. Such usage is considered non-normative, and
accordingly is not modeled in the state machine above. Interpretation of
such responses is at the discretion of the receiver."

You appear to be asking for a health warning regarding a mode of use that
we specifically decline to make normative, and for which we deline to
specify any really detailed semantics even non-normatively.  The WG has not
reached the point of formulating a response, but instead wanted to be sure
that we hadn't missed any aspect of your concern.  If you could clarify the
cases that are of interest, which of them you believe to be normative, and
whether you indeed are looking for health warnings regarding the
non-normative cases, that would be very helpful.

Thank you very much.


Noah Mendelsohn                              Voice: 1-617-693-4036
IBM Corporation                                Fax: 1-617-693-8676
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Cambridge, MA 02142

Received on Wednesday, 31 July 2002 15:28:32 UTC