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From Tom Jordahl <>
Subject RE: ? on WSDL spec
Date Wed, 31 Jul 2002 14:13:33 GMT

In a nutshell, because overloading is bad.  :-)

It complicated and not all languages support overloading.  In the case of omitted arguments
the dispatching of overloaded methods (i.e. which one to call) is ambiguous.  The case was
also made the you can accomplish overloading using XML Schema.

See the mailing list archives at for (possibly)
more details.

Tom Jordahl

-----Original Message-----
From: Murray Spork []
Sent: Monday, July 29, 2002 9:05 PM
Subject: Re: ? on WSDL spec

Tom Jordahl wrote:

>Yes, you can do operator overloading in WSDL 1.1 and Axis supports it.
>Be advised however, that the W3C WSDL working group has removed operator overloading from
the (very draft) WSDL 1.2 spec.
>Tom Jordahl

Any idea on _why_ it has been removed? - I googled but can't find 
anything on this.


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