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From Mark Baker <dist...@acm.org>
Subject Re: SOAP 1.2, GET, and Axis
Date Mon, 01 Jul 2002 05:55:04 GMT
On Mon, Jul 01, 2002 at 01:06:47AM -0400, Sam Ruby wrote:
> What is needed, in my mind, is something analogous to 
> http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/interact/forms.html#h-17.13.1 .  Can you 
> imagine how much less useful HTML FORMS would be if there was no 
> standard means of representation of control name/control value pairs 
> provided by the HTML specification?  And if each browser and server 
> application were free to define their own?

I understand what you're getting at, but I think you're missing the
point of the new MEP;

http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12-part2/#soapresmep

The idea is that HTTP GET can be used to retrieve a SOAP envelope.
So if we have a URI for a resource;

http://some-host.org/my-soap-calendar

and I do a GET on it,

GET http://some-host.org/my-soap-calendar HTTP/1.1
Host: some-host.org
Accept: application/soap+xml

then I could get back an XML iCalendar object encapsulated within a SOAP
envelope.

There is no SOAP request in this case.  There is only an HTTP request,
and a SOAP/HTTP response.  This is how we designed it to be used.

Make sense?

> Section 4.1.1 of the SOAP 1.2 spec implies that such is out of scope for 
> the SOAP specifications, and hints to WSDL as the appropriate place.  I 
> can certainly accept this, but lets go full circle and reexamine your 
> first post to this mailing list:
> 
> > I've had a look through the archives, and haven't found any discussion
> > about what the Axis team is thinking about doing to support the
> > "Web Method Specification Feature"[1] of SOAP 1.2 when bound to HTTP.
> > I'm specifically interested in GET support.
> 
> Perhaps we should be looking to the Web Services Description Working 
> Group to provide more details first?

I don't think that's necessary.  SOAP 1.2 is independant of WSDL.

MB
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