W3C Proposes New SOAP Standard
World Wide Web Consortium this week released SOAP 1.2 for final review as a standard.After resolving more than 400 issues and identifying seven interoperable implementations, the World Wide Web Consortiums (W3C) XML Protocol Working Group this week released the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.2 for final review as a standard. The SOAP 1.2 proposed recommendation consists of the SOAP 1.2 Messaging Frameworks, SOAP 1.2 Adjuncts and a primer, W3C officials said. David Fallside, the W3Cs XML Protocol working group chairman, said SOAP 1.2 "brings the [SOAP] 1.1 technology to the level needed for more general deployment to do more of the heavy lifting required" in the enterprise environment for Web services. SOAP 1.1 "was more of a one-off thing," he said.
The W3C defines SOAP 1.2 as "a lightweight protocol intended for exchanging structured information in a decentralized, distributed environment" like the Web. The specification is now under final review until June 7.