Data exchange BOF at Netscape

Box, Don dbox at
Sun Jan 30 05:26:45 GMT 2000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gregory M. Messner [mailto:gmessner at]
> Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2000 7:41 AM
> To: xml-interest at; xml-dev-digest at
> Cc: Bill la Forge
> Subject: Data exchange BOF at Netscape
> On Jan 25 a BOF meeting was held at Netscape to primarially discuss
> application data exchange.  For those of us that were not 
> able to attend,
> does anyone have meeting notes or any information on the gathering?
Check the archives of the SOAP list for a post-mortem of the meeting

The BOF was largely inconclusive. I missed the first half, but my take on
the event was that half the world disliked HTTP and an application protocol,
the other half disliked XML as an encoding scheme, with a small but real
amount of overlap between the two factions, leaving room for SOAP or a
committee-invented equivalent. I am not sure we need another
transport/framing protocol to complement HTTP and GIOP, yet some people
seemed interested in coming up with one. I am not sure we need another
encoding protocol to complement XML, CDR, NDR, XDR, and ASN.1 BER, yet some
people seemed interested in coming up with one of those too. 


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