RE: Re: What Does SOAP/WS Do that A REST System Can't?
In some cases there is a requirement to keep a full fidelity copy. This is common in public safety reporting and other litigious domains. PDFs are archived for that reason. Otherwise, it is the usual combination of timestamps and audit records in the db. XML wasn't a player. SGML was rejected for the same reasons. The term one sees is "final fixed format". Digital and scanned signatures (from sig pads) are used. Before anyone else says it, yes any of these can be ditzed with digitally, so there are layers of security around the hardware as well and significant concern about the use of the Internet for legal transactions requiring proof of fidelity. It's another 'good enough' situation until someone defeats it in a very public case. len From: Dare Obasanjo [mailto:dareo@m...] Is there some legal requirement to keep a full fidelity copy of the document? If not, I can't see why you don't just generate the XML as needed from the database when export is needed. Most major database products have had SQL<->XML mapping functionality for years.
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