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QA WG feedback on the SOAP 1.2 Attachment feature

From: Kirill Gavrylyuk <kirillg@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 21:08:56 -0700
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Hi all,

Here is the feedback from QA WG on the SOAP 1.2 Attachment:


Overall the document [1] describes a compound SOAP structure, an
abstract feature that would require a choice of the specific
transport/encapsulation protocol bindings in order to be implemented.
Therefore an implementation of this specifications is a specification in
it's turn - a binding specification.


In our review we attempted to measure how testable a binding
specification is required to be by the SOAP 1.2 Attachments
specification [1].


We find that the following could be added/changed in [1] in order to
improve testability of the binding specifications that implement [1]:


1. Conformance clause should be added that would 

-                describe the subject of conformance (a binding

-                summarizes what does it mean to conform to this

-                List dependencies: describe what other parts of SOAP
1.2 specification/other specifications a binding must conform to in
order to conform to this specification


2. Prefix att is not defined. QNames of the form att:* are used, but
prefix att is not associated with any namespace. Would be good to
explicitly associate it in the prose with the URI


3. Sec 2 - Change "can" to "may" in the "Protocol binding specifications
can use this URI"  to conform to RFC 2119. Unless there is a good
reason, we suggest to even change it to "should", so that there is not
ambiguity on whether the specific binding uses the soap1.2 attachment


4. Section 6: We suggest to explicitly reference the equivalence rules
used for the URIs when the message parts are identified. (We believe
editors meant the URI equivalence rules specified in the URI spec [3]).
The fact that XML namespace spec uses different equivalence rules for
namespace URIs then the original URI spec causes a confusion among
developers on which rules to use in each case of the URIs use. 


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12-af/

[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12-part1/ 

[3] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2396.txt 



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