New subset in latest SOAP draft
The recently posted proposed recommendation of SOAP Version 1.2 Messaging Framework <http://www.w3.org/TR/soap12-part1/#soapinterminfoset> further restricts the legal content of SOAP messages that what is generally known: Comment information items MAY appear as children and/or descendants of the [document element] element information item but not before or after that element information item. In other words, SOAP messages cannot contain comments in either the prolog or epilog of a document. This was inferrable from the previous December 2002 working draft, but was stated in much less obvious language. If I had to guess, I'd say this is an attempt to allow multiple SOAP messages to be stuffed into a single file or stream with clear boundaries between them. Whether that's a good idea or not, I don't think such a major change should be tossed out without further analysis and debate. This could introduce problems for various tools such as editors that like to stick a "credit" comment in the prolog of a document. This spec should go back to last call WD. -- Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@m... Processing XML with Java (Addison-Wesley, 2002) http://www.cafeconleche.org/books/xmljava http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D0201771861/cafeaulaitA
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