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Web services standards, part 1

What standards are being developed to support Web services?

There are lots and lots of standards under development. "Web services" is a generic term that refers to any type of service that communicates using an XML protocol. There are lots of XML protocols out there, but for the moment, let's assume that we're talking about SOAP. SOAP 1.1 and its related specifications (WSDL 1.1, SOAP with Attachments, WS-Attachments, WS-Security, WS-Routing, WS-Reliability, etc.) are not formal standards, although quite a large community treats them as if they were. People are building real applications based on these specifications today.

Meanwhile, the standards community is developing a number of formal standards based on the SOAP framework:

The above specifications represent the core Web services standardization efforts. There are other efforts that build on or relate to these core specifications.

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