ZDNet: Patent Issues Could Cloud SOAP Standard

[ Thanks to jorgerpo for this link.

“A Web standards body is close to approving a key Web services
specification, but concerns about patent rights may hold up the

“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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