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Using Workflow for Describing SOAP Message Path Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031797D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-11

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SOAP messages going from the initial sender to the ultimate receiver can be transmitted via a set of intermediaries. These intermediaries can perform then actions that are applicable to the message, such as storing the message in a message warehouse. The current SOAP specification does not provide a means of specifying the sequence in which these intermediaries are processing the SOAP message. A separate specification, called WS Routing, has been proposed to provide for the specification of the sequence in which these intermediaries are handling the SOAP message. The proposed specification provides just a simple sequence in which these intermediaries processing the SOAP message are to be invoked, a rather restrictive way. It is proposed that a workflow is used to describe the sequence in which intermediaries process the SOAP message.