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ZDNet: Patent Issues Could Cloud SOAP Standard

Nov 08, 2002, 10:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"A Web standards body is close to approving a key Web services specification, but concerns about patent rights may hold up the process.

"The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a standards body that oversees some Internet protocols, is nearing completion on the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.2, one of the four key Web services specifications. SOAP essentially allows programs running on different computers to communicate with one another.

"A W3C working group has been working on the SOAP specification for about two years. Part of that time has been spent addressing 393 issues brought to its attention by members and industry professionals. That number is now down to just 11, said Janet Daly, a W3C spokeswoman..."

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