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Today, the W3C Workshop on Constraints and Capabilities for Web

  • 13 October, 2004 09:03

<p>Today, the W3C Workshop on Constraints and Capabilities for Web
Services begins, hosted by Oracle in Redwood Shores, CA, USA. During
the two-day event held 12-13 October 2004, attendees will discuss
vocabularies for describing common constraints and capabilities and
frameworks for combining them. Workshop participants will also discuss
the relation of this work to other core Web services work being
standardized at W3C, as well as the relation of the work to other Web
<p>For more information, please contact Karen Myers, W3C Media Relations
Officer, at +1.617.253.5884 or +1.978.502.6218 ( or
contact the W3C Communications representative in your region, listed at
the bottom of this email.</p>
<p>W3C Workshop on Constraints and Capabilities to Explore Next Web
Services Layer</p>
<p>Workshop Draws Numerous Speakers Interested in Web Services Constraints
and Capabilities Framework</p>
<p>Web Resources:</p>
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<p>W3C Workshop on Constraints and Capabilities for Web Services</p>
<p>Web services home page:</p>
<p> -- 12 October 2004 -- Leading Web services to its
full potential, the World Wide Web Consortium has organized a Workshop
on Web services Constraints and Capabilities, hosted by Oracle, on
12-13 October 2004, in California (USA). During the two-day event,
attendees will discuss vocabularies for describing common constraints
and capabilities and frameworks for combining them. Workshop
participants will also discuss the relation of this work to other core
Web services work being standardized at W3C, as well as the relation of
the work to other Web technologies.</p>
<p>"I am pleased to see so much interest among W3C Members to share
crucial information about Web Services through the W3C process. The
need for Web Services standards is becoming more and more important as
we automate the use of so many Web Services applications. This in turn
sets the direction for new work," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director.</p>
<p>A W3C workshop is an opportunity to bring together W3C Members and the
public to discuss possible future directions for W3C work. After a
successful workshop, W3C may initiate a new Working Group to develop a
standard in that area.</p>
<p>Sharing Vocabularies for Describing Web Services</p>
<p>The Web Services Description Language (WSDL2.0) specification provides
the basic building blocks for describing a Web service. Designers may
achieve more detailed descriptions of Web services constraints and
capabilities by using domain-specific vocabularies, implemented as
extensions to the basic WSDL model.</p>
<p>"Various aspects of a Web service may require description," explained
Mark Nottingham (BEA Systems), co-Chair of the workshop. "This includes
its constraints (e.g., 'You must use HTTP authentication when accessing
this service') and its capabilities (e.g., 'I can support GZIP
compression'). Likewise, clients accessing Web services have
constraints and capabilities of their own to consider. This workshop is
being held to discuss the establishment of a standard framework for the
expression of such constraints and capabilities and their association
using technologies such as SOAP, WSDL, and HTTP."</p>
<p>In order to participate in the workshop, W3C Members and the general
public were required to submit position papers. The more than 35
position papers received indicate substantial interest in this topic.
The papers address subjects ranging from specific problem domains (such
as security, reliable messaging, and internationalization), to the use
of rule-based languages for building vocabularies, to the construction
of a general framework to accommodate a wide variety of vocabulary
design needs.</p>
<p>To help focus discussion, participants were asked to address in their
position papers a pre-selected use case. Participants were asked to
discuss how their proposal would allow a Web service designer to
stipulate (among other things) that (1) clients are required to support
a reliable messaging protocol, (2) clients are required to encrypt a
specific header with WS-Security using an X.509 or user name security
token in order to send an acceptable request message, and (3) the
service has a P3P privacy policy associated with it. Workshop attendees
will discuss vocabularies for expressing policies, how to communicate
those policies and policy decisions to other parties, how to manage
policies (e.g., how to handle delegation or revocation), and the
relation of this work to existing work at W3C and elsewhere.</p>
<p>W3C Actively Developing Core of Web Services Architecture</p>
<p>This workshop represents one of several Web services initiatives at W3C
at this time. W3C Members have already selected W3C as the organization
to develop core Web services specifications that have become W3C
Recommendations or are on their way, including SOAP 1.2 and WSDL 2.0.</p>
<p>W3C has been working on the core architecture of Web Services since
2000 and Constraints and Capabilities is the next fundamental piece of
it," said Philippe Le Hégaret, Architecture Domain Leader for W3C and
co-Chair of the workshop. "In this work we are looking at extending
WSDL 2.0 and its expressiveness, in ways that allow us to combine
existing and future Web Services extensions, such as the security
<p>In August 2004, two new SOAP specifications advanced to Candidate
Recommendation status, indicating that W3C considers them ready for
implementation: "SOAP Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism" and
"Resource Representation SOAP Header Block." The WSD Working Group also
issued a "Last Call" for three WSDL 2.0 specifications, indicating that
the Working Group believes that the specifications fulfill the Working
Group's technical requirements.</p>
<p>On 7 October 2004, W3C launched a new Web Services Addressing Working
Group to further work in that core area. The Workshop on Web Services
Capabilities and Constraints will help to determine the direction of
future Web services work at W3C. It is likely that progress in the area
of component descriptions will also accelerate the development of
related specifications such as WSDL 2.0.</p>
<p>In addition to the Working Groups that are developing these Web
services specifications, W3C representatives are engaging the community
on the case for W3C's Web services standards and their relation to
other Web standards developed at W3C. Chief Operating Officer Steve
Bratt and David Booth (W3C Fellow from Hewlett-Packard) will be
speaking and conducting a workshop on WSDL 2.0 at the Gartner
Application Integration and Web Services Summit mid-November. Also
mid-November, W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee will be a keynote speaker at
the Second International Conference on Service Oriented Computing.</p>
<p>About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]</p>
<p>The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing
common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its
interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly
run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
(CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics
and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in
Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of
information about the World Wide Web for developers and users, and
various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new
technology. To date, nearly 400 organizations are Members of the
Consortium. For more information see</p>
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Karen Myers, <karen>, +1.617.253.5884 or +1.978.502.6218
Contact Europe, Africa and Middle East --
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Contact Asia --
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