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Web Services Policy 1.5 - Guidelines for Policy Assertion Authors is intended to provide guidance for assertion authors that will work with the Web Services Policy 1.5 - Framework [] and Web Services Policy 1.5 - Attachment [] specifications to create domain specific assertions. The focus of this document is to provide best practices and patterns to follow as well as illustrate the care needed in using WS-Policy to achieve the best possible results for interoperability. It is a complementary guide to using the specifications.

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The WS-Policy specification defines a policy to be a collection of policy alternatives with each policy alternative a collection of policy assertions. The Web Services Policy 1.5 - Framework provides a flexible framework to represent consistent combinations of behaviors from a variety of domains. A policy assertion is a machine readable metadata expression that identifies behaviors required for Web services interactions. Web Services Policy 1.5 - Guidelines for Policy Assertion Authors is a resource primarily for Assertion Authors and provides guidelines on the use of Web Services Policy 1.5 - Framework and Web Services Policy 1.5 - Attachment specifications to create and use domain specific assertions to enable interoperability.

WS-Policy Assertions communicate the requirements and capabilities of a web service by adhering to the specification, WS-Policy Framework. To enable interoperability of web services different sets of WS-Policy Assertions need to be defined by different communities based upon domain-specific requirements of the web service.

The focus of these guidelines is to capture best practices and usage patterns for practitioners. It is a complementary guide to the Framework and Attachments specifications and the Primer. It is intended to provide non-normative guidelines for WS-Policy Assertion Authors who need to know the features of the language and understand the requirements for describing policy assertions. Some of the guidance for WS-Policy Assertion Authors can also be helpful for:

WS-Policy expression authors who need to understand the syntax of the language and understand how to build consistent policy expressions

Consumers of policy expressions who need to understand the requirements contained in policy assertions

Providers of policy expressions who need to understand how to use the assertions authored by Assertion Authors

This document assumes a basic understanding of XML, Namespaces in XML, WSDL, SOAP and the Web Services Policy language.

This is a non-normative document and does not provide a definitive specification of the Web Services Policy framework. lists all the namespace prefixes that are used in this document. (XML elements without a namespace prefix are from the Web Services Policy XML Namespace.)

As a companion document to the primer, this document also follows the Socratic style of beginning with a question, and then answering the question.

What is an Assertion?

An assertion is a piece of metadata that describes a capability related to a specific WS-Policy domain. Sets of domain-specific assertions are typically defined in a dedicated specification that describes their semantics, applicability and scoping requirements as well as their data type definition using XML Schema.

Policy assertions representing shared and visible behaviors are useful pieces of metadata to enable interoperability and tooling for automation. The key to understanding when to design policy assertions is to have clarity on the characteristics of a behavior represented by a policy assertion. Some useful ways to discover relevant behaviors are to ask questions like the following:

Is this behavior a requirement?

Is the behavior visible?

A visible behavior refers to a requirement that manifests itself on the wire. Web services provide interoperable machine-to-machine interaction among disparate systems. Web service interoperability is the capability of disparate systems to exchange data using common data formats and protocols supporting characteristics such as messaging, security, reliability and transaction. Such data formats and protocols manifest on the wire. Providers and requesters rely on wire messages conforming to such formats and protocols to achieve interoperability.

If an assertion describes a behavior that does not manifest on the wire then the assertion will not impact the interoperability of wire messages, but may still be relevant to enabling an interoperable interaction. For example, a provider may not wish to interact unless a client can accept an assertion describing provider behavior. An example is an assertion that describes the privacy notice information of a provider and the associated regulatory safeguard in place on the provider's side. For cases where the provider does not intend the assertion to impact interoperability it may mark it as ignorable.

If an assertion has no wire or message-level visible behavior then the interacting participants may require some sort of additional mechanism to indicate compliance with the assertion and to enable dispute resolution. Introducing an additional non-repudiation mechanism adds unnecessary complexity to processing a policy assertion.

Does the behavior apply to two or more Web service participants?

A shared behavior refers to a requirement that is relevant to an interoperable Web service interaction and involves two or more participants. If an assertion only describes one participant's behavior the assertion may still be relevant to enabling an interoperable interaction. An example is the use of logging or auditing by the provider. If an assertion only describes one participant's behavior then the assertion may be marked as ignorable (indicating it does not impact interoperability). An ignorable policy assertion is ignored for lax policy intersection. If an assertion is not an ignorable assertion then it is deemed important for agreement between both parties.

Does the behavior have an implied scoping to a policy subject such as service, endpoint, operation and message?

Is there a requirement that a choice must be made for successful interaction?

Sometimes providers and requesters are required to engage in certain behaviors. The use of optimization and reliable messaging are two examples.

There are already many examples in the industry that adhere to the above practices, such as and . Some common characteristics from these documents may be considered as best practices for new Assertion Authors:

Specify both the syntax and the semantics of the assertions

If nested or parameterized assertions are defined, be clear about their usage

Describe the policy subjects the assertions can be attached to.

In this document we will explain why these practices should be followed so that the assertion developers defining such a specification will be well informed and able to adequately specify assertions for their domain.

It is expected that consumers of the metadata specified by the Assertion Authors will also benefit from understanding these practices as it will help them utilize the assertions in the context of the WS-Policy framework. A result of following the best practices will be an assertion specification that describes a contract for the consumers and providers of the capabilities and constraints of the domain.

Who is involved in authoring Assertions?

In order for the policy framework to enable communities to express their own domain knowledge, it is necessary to provide basic functionality that all domains could exploit and then allow points of extension where authors of the various WS-Policy assertions for a particular domain can provide additional semantics.

Some policy assertions specify traditional requirements and capabilities that will ultimately manifest on the wire (e.g., authentication scheme, transport protocol selection). Other policy assertions have no wire manifestation yet are critical to proper service selection and usage (e.g., privacy policy, QoS characteristics). WS-Policy provides a single policy grammar to allow both kinds of assertions to be reasoned about in a consistent manner.

Roles and Responsibilities

Below we capture some of the characteristics of the roles and responsibilities for the authors, consumers and providers.

Assertion Authors

Assertion Authors are a community that chooses to exploit the WS-Policy Framework by creating their own specification to define a set of assertions that express the capabilities and constraints of that target domain. The WS-Policy Framework is based on a declarative model, meaning that it is incumbent on the Assertion Authors to define both the semantics of the assertions as well as the scope of their target domain in their specification. The set of metadata for any particular domain will vary in the granularity of assertion specification required. It is the intent of this document to help communities utilize the framework in such a way that multiple WS-Policy domains can co-exist and consumers and providers can utilize the framework consistently across domains.

When using the WS-Policy Framework, any Assertion Authors defining new WS-Policy assertions must adhere to the MUST's and SHOULD's in the specification and should review the conformance section of the specification.

An assertion author should also specify a policy subject. For instance, if a policy assertion were to be used with WSDL, an assertion description should specify a WSDL policy subject.

An example of a domain specification that follows these practices is the WS-SecurityPolicy specification []. The WS-SecurityPolicy authors have defined their scope as follows:

"This document [WS-SecurityPolicy] defines a set of security policy assertions for use with the WS-Policy framework with respect to security features provided in WSS: SOAP Message Security, WS-Trust and WS-SecureConversation. This document takes the approach of defining a base set of assertions that describe how messages are to be secured. Flexibility with respect to token types, cryptographic algorithms and mechanisms used, including using transport level security is part of the design and allows for evolution over time. The intent is to provide enough information for compatibility and interoperability to be determined by web service participants along with all information necessary to actually enable a participant to engage in a secure exchange of messages."

An example of scoping individual assertions to policy subjects is also provided by the WS-Security Policy specification in Appendix A.


A consumer of WS-Policy Assertions can be any entity that is capable of parsing a WS-Policy XML element and selecting one alternative from the policy. This selected alternative is then used to govern the creation of a message to send to the subject to which the policy alternative was attached. The WS-Policy Attachment specification defines a set of attachment models for use with common web service subjects: WSDL definitions [, ], UDDI directory entries [, , ], and WS-Addressing Endpoint References (EPR) [].

In the degenerate case, a human could read the XML and determine if a message could be constructed conformant to the advertised policy.

It is expected that consumers of WS-Policy will include a wide range of client configurations, from stand alone client applications to "active" web service requesters that are capable of adapting to the constraints and capabilities expressed in a WS-Policy document and modifying their own configurations dynamically.


A provider who expresses capabilities and requirements of a Web service as policies can be any web service implementation that can specify its on-the-wire message behavior as a policy expression that conforms to the Web Services Policy 1.5 - Framework [] and Web Services Policy 1.5 - Attachment [] specifications. The Web Services Policy 1.5 - Attachment specification has defined a set of subjects and an extensible mechanism for attaching policies to web services subjects.

When deploying services with policies it is useful for providers to anticipate how to evolve their services capabilities over time. If forward compatibility is a concern in order to accommodate compatibility with different and potentially new clients, providers should refer to and that describes service and policy assertion evolution.

General Guidelines for Assertion Authors

As Assertion Authors begin the task of inventing XML dialects to represent policy assertions they can take advantage of WS-Policy building on XML principles and XML Schema validation in their design. WS-Policy relies on the QName of a policy assertion being an XML element but allows Assertion Authors to optionally provide additional semantics through nesting assertions, or specifying assertion parameters. This section covers several aspects of assertion design and provides some answers to the following questions:

What is the intended use of the policy assertion?

Which authoring style will be used?

Is this a new policy domain? Does it need to compose with other domains?

How complex are the assertions?

Is there a need to consider nesting?

Do optional behaviors need to be represented?

Assertions and Their Target Use

Assertion Authors need to have a specific goal in mind for the assertions that they author. Assertion Authors should also understand the functionality that the WS-Policy framework provides and apply the knowledge of the policy framework processing when defining the set of assertions.

Assertions can be simple or they can be complex. Assertion Authors may choose to specify multiple peer assertions, each carrying the semantic of a particular behavior, or they may choose to specify assertions that contains assertion parameters and/or nested policy expression (nested assertions), each of which relate to an aspect of the behavior, yet encapsulated within a single assertion. There are advantages to simplifying the set of assertions. The ultimate goal of policy is to enable interoperability. By keeping assertion design as simple as possible, Assertion Authors will more likely be able to meet that objective.

If a set of assertions describes a wide range of behaviors, the ability to combine individual assertions may also need to be considered.

The WS-Policy Attachment specification defines a number of different policy subjects to which an assertion can be attached. For attaching to WSDL subjects see for more detail. Additionally, the framework provides for the means to extend the set of policy subjects beyond the set of subjects defined in the WS-Policy Attachment specification.

The WS-Policy Attachment specification provides various mechanisms to attach a policy expression to a policy subject. Although a policy assertion may be constrained to a specific set of policy subjects by assertion authors, its semantics should not be dependent upon the mechanism by which the policy expression is attached to a given policy subject. For instance, an assertion "Foo" has the same semantic when attached to an operation policy subject regardless of whether it was attached using XML element policy attachment or the external URI attachment mechanism. Independence from a specific attachment mechanism allows policy tools to choose the most appropriate mechanism to attach a policy without having to analyze the contents of the policy.

Best practice: Assertion Authors should include the following items in an assertion specification:

The definition of the assertion's semantic.

The specification of the set of valid policy subjects to which an assertion may be attached.

The scope of the assertion in the context of a particular policy subject. For example, an assertion with Endpoint Policy Subject can be scoped to a given message exchange with that endpoint, or it can be scoped to all messages exchanged with that endpoint. The former case permits a client to select a different alternative with each successive message exchange.

Composition. If the assertion is used with other assertions in a context, it is necessary to consider how the assertion may, or may not, affect the composition. For example, if an assertion applies to the SOAP protocol, it would be necessary to consider how its presence must interact with other policy assertions that are defined for security.

Best practice: The semantics a policy assertion should not depend on the attachment mechanism used.

Authoring Styles

WS-Policy supports two different authoring styles, compact form and normal form. A compact form is one in which an expression consists of three constructs: an attribute to decorate an assertion (to indicate whether it is required or optional), semantics for recursively nested policy operators, and a policy reference/inclusion mechanism.

<wsp:Policy xmlns:wsp='http://www.w3.org/ns/ws-policy' xmlns:sp='http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/07/securitypolicy' xmlns:wsrmp='http://docs.oasis-open.org/ws-rx/wsrmp/200608'> <wsrmp:RMAssertion wsp:Optional="true"/> <wsp:ExactlyOne> <wsp:All> <sp:TransportBinding> <wsp:Policy> <sp:TransportToken> <wsp:Policy> <sp:HttpsToken RequireClientCertificate='true' /> </wsp:Policy> </sp:TransportToken> </sp:TransportBinding> </wsp:All> </wsp:ExactlyOne> </wsp:Policy>

A policy expression in the compact form can be translated into its normal form using the policy normalization algorithm described in the Web Service Policy Framework (see section 4.3 Compact Policy Expression).

<wsp:Policy xmlns:wsp='http://www.w3.org/ns/ws-policy' xmlns:sp='http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/07/securitypolicy' xmlns:wsrmp='http://docs.oasis-open.org/ws-rx/wsrmp/200608'> <wsp:ExactlyOne> <wsp:All> <wsrmp:RMAssertion/> <sp:TransportBinding> <wsp:Policy> <sp:TransportToken> <wsp:Policy> <sp:HttpsToken RequireClientCertificate='true' /> </wsp:Policy> </sp:TransportToken> </wsp:Policy> </sp:TransportBinding> </wsp:All> <wsp:All> <sp:TransportBinding> <wsp:Policy> <sp:TransportToken> <wsp:Policy> <sp:HttpsToken RequireClientCertificate='true' /> </wsp:Policy> </sp:TransportToken> </wsp:Policy> </sp:TransportBinding> </wsp:All> </wsp:ExactlyOne> </wsp:Policy>

These two forms of the same policy expression are semantically equivalent. When multiple alternatives are present in a policy, the normal form may express the choices more explicitly. On the other hand, the compact form may be more readable for humans when an assertion is marked as optional using the wsp:optional attribute as our example illustrates above.

A policy processor may normalize a policy expression originally authored in compact form at any time without changing the semantics of the policy. In general, it is not possible to guarantee in what form a policy expression would be when it is processed. As a result, the description for a policy assertion should not depend on the style used to author a policy expression that contains the assertion.

Best practice: the semantics of an assertion should be independent of the form (compact or normal form) of policy expressions that contain the assertion.

Considerations when Modeling New Assertions

When creating a new policy domain, it is important to understand how policy expressions are used by a framework implementation that has followed the specifications.

The examples given in this document reference WS-Policy like WS-SecurityPolicy and WS-RM Policy. These policy expressions represent web services message exchange requirements, but policy authoring can be done by individual groups that wish to represent web services application requirements and deployments that wish to reuse the WS-Policy framework in order to enable dynamic negotiation of business requirements and capabilities at runtime.

Minimal approach

New Assertion Authors are encouraged to try to not overload assertions. A single assertion indicates a single behavior. Sets of assertions can by grouped by an operator "all". This indicates that there is a relationship between the assertions and they now constitute a policy alternative.

If grouping is utilized, choices between alternatives can be indicated by an "exactly one" operator. This basic set of operators allows Assertion Authors a wide range of options for expressing the possible combinations of assertions within their domain.

It requires a good deal of effort to evaluate the capabilities of a domain and capture them in a way that reflects the options of the domain if the domain has a lot of assertions to define. Interoperability testing of new policy domains is recommended to ensure that consumers and providers are able to use the new domain assertions.

New Assertion Authors are encouraged to look at to see an example of a relatively simple domain that has defined three assertions. Assertion Authors are encouraged to look at to see an example of a complex domain that has been decomposed into a set of policy expressions.

How big should an assertion be? How many assertion parameters should the assertion enumerate? How many dependent behaviors should the assertion enumerate? It is always good to start with a simple working policy assertion that allows extensibility. As your design work progresses, you may add more parameters or nested policy assertions to meet your interoperability needs.

Best practice: Start with a simple working assertion that allows extensibility.

QName and XML Information Set representation

Web Services Policy language allows Assertion Authors to invent their own XML dialects to represent policy assertions. The policy language relies only on the policy assertion XML element QName. This QName is unique and identifies the behavior represented by a policy assertion. Assertion Authors have the option to represent an assertion parameter as a child element (by leveraging natural XML nesting) or an attribute of an assertion. The general guidelines on when to use XML elements versus attributes apply.

The syntax of an assertion can be represented using an XML outline (plus an XML schema document). If the assertion has a nested policy expression then the assertion XML outline can enumerate the nested assertions that are allowed.

Best practice: Use a unique QName to identify the behavior and provide an XML outline (plus an XML schema document) to specify the syntax of an assertion.

Self Describing Messages

WS-Policy is intended to communicate the requirements, capabilities and behaviors of nodes that provide the message's path, not specifically to declare properties of the message semantics. One of the advantages of Web services is that an XML message can be stored and later examined (e.g. as a record of a business transaction) or interpreted by an intermediary; however, if information that is necessary to understand a message is not available, these capabilities suffer.

Policy assertions should not be used to express the semantics of a message. Rather, if a property is required to understand a message, it should be communicated in the message, or be made available by some other means (e.g., being referenced by a URI in the message) instead of being communicated as a policy element. Note that there are other specifications that target specification of semantics of a message, such as .

For example, if the details of a message's encryption ( e.g., the cipher used, etc) are expressed in policy that isn't attached to the message, it isn't possible to later decipher it. This is very different from expressing, in policy, what ciphers (and so forth) are supported by a particular endpoint, or those that are required in a particular message; the latter are the intended uses of the WS-Policy framework.

As a result, the Assertion Authors should take into account that the following important concepts when designing assertions and documenting the semantics of the assertion types.

Firstly, an assertion type indicates a runtime behavior.

Secondly, Assertion Authors need to indicate how the runtime behavior represented in the assertion type can be inferred or indicated from a message at runtime. If there is a need for the behavior to be represented in a persistent way or if there is a need for additional data or metadata that is present in a message to be persisted, it should be incorporated into the assertion design or in the message itself. In essence, the Assertion Authors should consider how to make messages self describing when utilizing their assertions by specifying additional properties, headers, etc. that must be present in a message as part of their assertion design.

If the messages could not be made self describing by utilizing additional properties present in the message as required by the assertion, it would be necessary to determine the behaviors engaged at runtime by additional means. A general protocol that aids in determining such behaviors may be utilized, however a standard protocol for this purpose is currently not available to ensure interoperability. Thus, a private protocol should be used with care.

Another approach is to use of the assertion to selectively apply to subjects. For example, a dedicated endpoint may be allocated to ensure the engagement of a behavior that is expressed by a policy assertion. This approach can be considered when messages cannot be self describing.

Best practice: Policy assertions should not be used to express the semantics of a message.

Single Domains

When considering the creation of a new domain of policy assertions, it is important to identify whether or not the domain is self-contained or at least if a subset of the domain can be well defined. A domain that expresses a broad set of capabilities will also need to have community supporting implementations to provide value to the consumers. Ultimately it is the consumers and providers that will determine whether a particular set of assertions correctly characterize a domain. A new community should avoid duplicating assertions that have already been defined as this will create ambiguity not clarification. New Assertion Authors should focus on creating assertions for those specific constraints and capabilities that do not overlap with other domains but that communicate new functionality.

The model advocated for new assertion development is a cooperative marketplace [some might say it is an "opt-in" model]. The providers of services need to find value in the set of assertions or they will not include the assertions in their service descriptions.

A review by a broad community is the best way to ensure that the granularity of a set of domain assertions is appropriate.

Best practice: Avoid duplication of assertions.

Comparison of Nested and Parameterized Assertions

There are two different ways to provide additional information in an assertion beyond its type. We cover these two cases below followed by a comparison of these approaches targeting when to use either of the approach.

Assertions with Parameters

The framework allows WS-Policy domain authors to define policy assertion parameters to qualify an assertion. Policy assertion parameters are defined . Policy assertion parameters are the opaque payload of an assertion. Assertion parameters carry additional useful pieces of information necessary for engaging the behavior described by an assertion. Assertion parameters are not considered when performing policy intersection unless domain specific compatibility processing semantics are specified by the assertion. In the XML representation of a policy assertion the child elements and attributes of the assertion excluding child elements and attributes from the policy xml language namespace are the assertion parameters.

In the example below, sp:Body and sp:Header elements are the two assertion parameters of the sp:SignedParts policy assertion (this assertion requires the parts of a message to be protected).

Policy Assertion with Assertion Parameters <wsp:Policy> <sp:SignedParts> <sp:Body/> <sp:Header/> </sp:SignedParts> </wsp:Policy>

Best practice: Define policy assertion parameters for specifying useful pieces of information necessary for engaging the behavior described by an assertion but not relevant to policy intersection.

Nested Assertions

The framework provides the ability to "nest" policy assertions. For domains with a complex set of options, nesting provides one way to indicate dependent elements within a behavior. The granularity of assertions is determined by the authors and it is recommended that care be taken when defining nested policies to ensure that the options provided appropriately specify policy alternatives within a specific behavior.

We will use the WS-SecurityPolicy to illustrate the use of nested assertions.

Securing messages is a complex usage scenario. The WS-SecurityPolicy Assertion Authors have defined the sp:TransportBinding policy assertion to indicate the use of transport-level security for protecting messages. Just indicating the use of transport-level security for protecting messages is not sufficient. To successfully interact with a Web service, the consumer must know not only that transport-level security is required, but also the transport token to use, the secure transport to use, the algorithm suite to use for performing cryptographic operations, etc. The sp:TransportBinding policy assertion can represent these dependent behaviors.

A policy assertion like the sp:TransportBinding identifies a visible behavior that is a requirement. A nested policy expression can be used to enumerate the dependent behaviors on the Transport binding. A nested policy expression is a policy expression that is a child element of another policy assertion element. A nested policy expression further qualifies the behavior of its parent policy assertion.

In the example below, the child Policy element is a nested policy expression and further qualifies the behavior of the sp:TransportBinding policy assertion. The sp:TransportToken is a nested policy assertion of the sp:TransportBinding policy assertion. The sp:TransportToken assertion requires the use of a specific transport token and further qualifies the behavior of the sp:TransportBinding policy assertion (which already requires the use of transport-level security for protecting messages).

Transport Security Policy Assertion <sp:TransportBinding> <Policy> <sp:TransportToken> <Policy> <sp:HttpsToken RequireClientCertificate="false" /> </Policy> </sp:TransportToken> <sp:AlgorithmSuite> <Policy> <sp:Basic256Rsa15/> </Policy> </sp:AlgorithmSuite> </Policy> </sp:TransportBinding>

The sp:AlgorithmSuite is a nested policy assertion of the sp:TransportBinding policy assertion. The sp:AlgorithmSuite assertion requires the use of the algorithm suite identified by its nested policy assertion (sp:Basic256Rsa15 in the example above) and further qualifies the behavior of the sp:TransportBinding policy assertion.

Setting aside the details of using transport-level security, a policy-aware client that recognizes this policy assertion can engage transport-level security and its dependent behaviors automatically. This means the complexity of security usage is absorbed by a policy-aware client and hidden from Web service application developers.

Assertion authors should note the effect of nested policy expressions on policy intersection in their nested policy design. The result of intersecting an assertion that contains an empty nested policy expression with an assertion of the same type without a nested policy expression is that the assertions are not compatible. Therefore, when providers require dependent behaviors these behaviors should be explicitly specified as assertions in a nested policy expression. When the definition of an assertion allows for nested dependent behaviors, but the use of the assertion only contains an empty nested policy expression, this specific use indicates the specification of no nested dependent behaviors. This use must not be interpreted as being compatible with "any" of the nested dependent behaviors that are allowed by the assertion, unless otherwise specified by the assertion definition.

As an example, WS-Security Policy defines sp:HttpToken assertion to contain three possible nested elements, sp:HttpBasicAuthentication, sp:HttpDigestAuthentication and sp:RequireClientCertificate. When the HttpToken is used with an empty nested policy in a policy expression by a provider, it will indicate that none of the dependent behaviors namely authentication or client certificate is required.

Empty Nested Policy Expression <sp:TransportToken> <wsp:Policy> <sp:HttpsToken> <wsp:Policy/> </sp:HttpsToken> </wsp:Policy> </sp:TransportToken>

A non-anonymous client who requires authentication or client certificate will not be able to use this provider solely on the basis of intersection algorithm alone.

Considerations for choosing parameters vs nesting

The main consideration for selecting parameters or nesting of assertions is that the framework intersection algorithm processes nested alternatives, but does not consider parameters in its algorithm.

Assertion Authors should recognize that the framework can yield multiple assertions of the same type. The QName of the assertion is the only vehicle for the framework to match a specific assertion, NOT the contents of the element. If the assertion is a parameterized assertion the authors must understand that this type of assertion will require additional processing by consumers in order to disambiguate the assertions or to understand the semantics of the name value pairs, complex content, attribute values contribution to the processing. The tradeoff is the generality vs. the flexibility and complexity of the comparison expected for a domain.

The following design questions below can help to determine when to use nested policy expressions:

Are these assertions designed for the same policy subject?

Do these assertions represent dependent behaviors?

If the answers are yes to both of these questions then leveraging nested policy expressions is something to consider. Keep in mind that a nested policy expression participates in the policy intersection algorithm. If a requester uses policy intersection to select a compatible policy alternative then the assertions in a nested policy expression play a first class role in the outcome. There is one caveat to watch out for: policy assertions with deeply nested policy can greatly increase the complexity of a policy and should be avoided when they are not needed.

Best practice: If the assertion authors want to delegate the processing to the framework, utilizing nesting should be considered. Otherwise, domain specific comparison algorithms may need to be devised and be delegated to the specific domain handlers that are not visible to the WS-Policy framework.

Designating Optional Behaviors Optional behavior in Compact authoring

Optional behaviors represent behaviors which may be engaged by a consumer. When using the compact authoring form for assertions, behaviors are marked by using wsp:Optional attribute that has a value, "true". During the process of normalization, the runtime behavior is indicated by two policy alternatives, one with and one without the assertion. In a consumer/provider scenario, the choice of engaging the runtime behavior is upon the consumer although the provider is capable of engaging the runtime behavior. In order to simplify reference to such assertions, we just use the term optional assertions in this section.

Optional behavior at runtime

The document contains an example that proposes the use of as an optional behavior that can be engaged by a consumer. The primer proposes that an assertion that identifies the use of MIME Multipart/Related serialization (see , for messages to enable a Policy-aware clients to recognize the policy assertion and if they select an alternative with this assertion, they engage Optimized MIME Serialization for messages.

The semantics of this assertion declare that the behavior is reflected in messages: they use an optimized wire format (MIME Multipart/Related serialization). Note that in order for an optional behavior to be engaged, the wire message that would utilize the specific assertion must be self describing. For example, an inbound message to a web service that asserts MTOM, must evaluate, the protocol format of the message to determine whether the incoming message adheres to the Optimized MIME Serialization. By examining the message, the provider can determine whether the policy alternate that contains the MTOM assertion is being selected.

Assertion Authors should be aware that optional behaviors, like utilizing optional support for Optimized MIME Serialization require some care considering the scoping of the assertion that is applicable.

Since optional behaviors indicate optionality for both the provider and the consumer, behaviors that must always be engaged by a consumer must not be marked as "optional" with a value "true" since presence of two alternatives due to normalization enables a consumer to choose the alternative that does not contain the assertion, and thus making the behavior not being engaged in an interaction.

As demonstrated in the MIME optimization behavior, behaviors must be engaged with respect to messages that are targeted to the provider so that the provider can determine that the optional behavior is engaged. In other words, the requirement of self describing nature of messages [] in order to engage behaviors must not be forgotten with regard to the client's ability to detect and select the alternative if it is to participate in the exchange.

The target scope of an optional assertion is an important factor for Assertion Authors to consider as it determines the granularity where the behavior is optionally engaged. For example, if the assertion is targeted for an endpoint policy subject, it is expected to govern all the messages that are indicated by the specific endpoint when optional behavior is engaged . Since the behavior would be applicable to policy subject that is designated, it is important for the Assertion Authors to choose the appropriate level of granularity for optional behaviors, to consider whether a specific message or all messages, etc. are targeted.

Attaching optional assertions to outbound-messages using message policy subject require some care. An explicit, out of band mechanism may be necessary to enable a client to indicate that the optional behavior is engaged. Currently such a mechanism is outside the scope of WS-Policy Framework.

When optional behaviors are indicated by attaching assertions with only one side of an interaction, such as an inbound message of a request-response, the engagement of the rest of the interaction will be undefined. For example, if a request-response interaction only specified MTOM optimization for an inbound message, it would not be clear whether the outbound message from the provider could also utilize the behavior. Therefore, the Assertion Authors are encouraged to consider how the attachment on a message policy subject on a response message should be treated when optional behaviors are specified for message exchanges within a request response for response messages, using message policy subject. Leaving the semantics not specified or incompletely specified may result in providers making assumptions (i.e. if the incoming message utilized the optimization, the response will be returned utilizing the MTOM serialization). Similarly, if engagement of a behavior is only specified for an outbound message, the Assertion Authors should consider describing the semantics if the incoming messages also utilized the behavior. This is especially important if the assertion is applicable to more than one specific policy subject. One approach that is currently taken by WS-RM Policy [] is to introduce both message and endpoint policy subjects for one of its assertions and require the use of endpoint policy subject when message policy subject is used via attachment.

Best Practice: Optional Assertion Authors should explicitly state how the behavior that is enabled by the assertion would be engaged when they are designing their assertion, whether by specific headers or some other means. See also .

Levels of Abstraction in WSDL

A behavior identified by a policy assertion applies to the associated policy subject. If a policy assertion is to be used within WSDL, Assertion Authors must specify a WSDL policy subject. The policy subject is determined with respect to a behavior as follows:

If the behavior applies to any message exchange using any of the endpoints offered by a service then the subject is the service policy subject.

If the behavior applies to any message exchange made using an endpoint then the subject is the endpoint policy subject.

If the behavior applies to any message exchange defined by an operation then the subject is the operation policy subject.

If the behavior applies to an input message then the subject is the message policy subject - similarly for output and fault message policy subjects.

Assertion Authors that wish to utilize WSDL policy subjects need to understand how the assertions will be processed in intersection and merging and the implications of the processing for considering a specific attachment point and policy subject. This topic is considered in detail in

The current set of subjects as mapped to the WSDL 1.1 elements, can also constrain the assertion constructs. For Example, In WS-RM, the Assertion Authors chose to support certain capabilities at the endpoint level. This resulted in the finer granularity of the assertion to apply at the message policy subject, but the assertion semantics also indicates that the if a sender chose to engage RM semantics (although not specified via attachment in WSDL at incoming messages), the providers will honor the engagement of RM. This is illustrative of how the assertion author can specify additional constraints and assumptions for attachment and engagement of behavior.

If the capability is not really suitable and may imply different semantics with respect to attachment points, the Assertion Authors should consider the following

Decompose the semantics with several assertions

Rewrite a single assertion targeting a specific subject.

For a given WSDL policy subject, there may be several attachment points. For example, there are three attachment points for the endpoint policy subject: the port, binding and portType element. Assertion Authors should identify the relevant attachment point when defining a new assertion. To determine the relevant attachment points, Assertion Authors should consider the scope of the attachment point. For example, an assertion should only be allowed in the portType element if the assertion reasonably applies to any endpoint that ever references that portType. Most of the known policy assertions are designed for the endpoint, operation or message policy subject.

In using WSDL attachment, it should be noted that the service policy subject is a collection of endpoint policy subjects. The endpoint policy subject is a collection of operation policy subjects and etc. As a result, the WSDL policy subjects compose naturally. It is quite tempting to associate the identified behavior to a broader policy subject than to a fine granular policy subject. For instance, it is convenient to attach a supporting token assertion (defined by the Web Services Security Policy specification) to an endpoint policy subject instead of a message policy subject. Similarly, for authoring convenience, an assertion author may allow the association of an assertion to multiple policy subjects. If an assertion is allowed to be associated with multiple policy subjects then the assertion author has the burden to describe the semantics of multiple instances of the same assertion attached to multiple policy subjects at the same time in order to avoid conflicting behavior.

One approach is to specify a policy subject, choose the most granular policy subject that the behavior applies to and specify a preferred attachment point in WSDL. However, this approach only works if the policy subject is a true WSDL construct other than some other protocol concept that is layered over WSDL message exchanges. For example, the WS-RM Policy is a capability that governs a target endpoints capability to accept sequences that is beyond single message exchanges. Therefore, its semantics encompasses the cases when message level policy subjects may be used as attachment but considers when sequences are present. In addition, when the policy assertions do not target wire-level behaviors but rather abstract requirements, this technique does not apply.

Interrelated domains

Assertion authors need to be clear about how assertions defined in their domain may fit with assertions for interrelated domains. A classic example of such an interrelated domain is security, because security tends to cut across all aspects of a solution.

One example is the definition of additional assertions related to the interrelated security domain [] in Web Services Reliable Messaging Policy Assertions [].

Assertion authors should not duplicate existing assertions and should also make sure that when adding assertions those new assertions are consistent with pre-existing assertions of any interrelated domain.

Versioning Policy Assertions

Assertion Authors need to consider not just the expression of the current set of requirements but how they anticipate new assertions being added to the set. There are three aspects to versioning policy assetions:

Assertion Extensibility

Policy Language Extensibility

Over time, the Policy WG or third parties can version or extend the Policy Language with new or modified constructs. These constructs may be compatible or incompatible with previous versions.

Assertion Authors should review the WS-Policy Primer and the specifications for details on extensibility.

The current WS-Policy language provides extensibility points on 6 elements with a combination of attribute and/or element extensibility:

Policy: element from ##other namespace and any attribute

ExactlyOne, All: element from ##other namespace; no attribute extensibility

PolicyReference: any element and any attribute

PolicyAttachment: element from ##other namespace and any attribute

AppliesTo: any element and any attribute

URI: any attribute

Supporting New Policy Subjects

Referencing Policy Expressions

The illustrates how providers can utilize the identification mechanism defined in the Policy specification to expose a complex policy expression as a reusable building block for other policy expressions by reference. Reuse may also be useful for domain assertion authors, especially those defining complex assertions utilizing references to policy expressions by nesting. Statically available parameterized content may also be reused by different assertions. However, such referencing mechanism is outside the scope of WS-Policy naming and referencing framework and other mechanisms could be used. As an example, in Section 4.2, the sp:issuedToken assertion utilizes the sp:RequestSecurityTokenTemplate parameter that contains necessary information to request a security token. The contents of the parameter are static and allows reuse in different security scenerios.

Evolution of Assertions (Versioning and Compatibility)

Over time, there may be multiple equivalent behaviors emerging in the Web Service interaction space. Examples of such multiple equivalent behaviors are WSS: SOAP Message Security 1.0 vs. 1.1 and WS-Addressing August 2004 version vs. WS-Addressing W3C Recommendation []. These equivalent behaviors are mutually exclusive for an interaction. Such equivalent behaviors can be modeled as independent assertions. The policy expression in the example below requires the use of WSS: SOAP Message Security 1.0.

Message-level Security and WSS: SOAP Message Security 1.0 <Policy> <sp:Wss10>…</sp:Wss10> </Policy>

The policy expression in the example below requires the use of WSS: SOAP Message Security 1.1. These are multiple equivalent behaviors and are represented using distinct policy assertions.

Message-level Security and WSS: SOAP Message Security 1.1 <Policy> <sp:Wss11>…</sp:Wss11> </Policy>

Best practice: use independent assertions for modeling multiple equivalent behaviors.

Supporting New Policy Subjects

Section 2 identifies that it is a best practice for policy authors to define the set of policy subjects to which policy assertions can be attached. Over time, new policy subjects may need to be defined. When this occurs, a policy assertion author may update the list of policy subjects supported by an assertion.

When the assertion's semantics do not change to invalidate any of the original policy subjects but new policy subjects need to be added, it may be possible to use the same assertion to designate the additional policy subjects without a namespace change. For example, a policy assertion for a protocol that is originally designed for endpoint policy subject may add message policy subject to indicate finer granularity in the attachment provided that endpoint policy subject is also retained in its design. When new policy subjects are added it is incumbent on the authors to retain the semantic of the policy assertion.

Best Practice: An assertion description should specify a policy subject.

Best Practice: If the policy subjects change over time, the assertion description should also be versioned to reflect this change.

Applying Best Practices for Policy Attachment Appropriate Attachment: Preserving Context-Free Policies

Policy attachment should not affect the interpretation of Policy alternatives. If it did, each policy assertion would need to be written with different (and possibly unknown) attachment mechanisms in mind.

Appropriate Attachment: Identifying Assertion Subjects

Each policy attachment mechanism should unambiguously identify the subject of the attached assertions. Generally, this should be a specific SOAP node or a specific message between two SOAP nodes. Some attachment mechanisms may encompass multiple notes or messages, for example, "the message along its entire path".

Interaction between Subjects

If the best practices are followed, and the assertions are scoped according to their subject, then multiple policy domains may be combined without conflict. Each domain should define any limitations at the policy subject level that might impact interoperability (i.e. WS-SecurityPolicy - binding abstraction to group capabilities per message exchange).

Appropriate Attachment: Identifying Assertion Sources

As with identifying Policy subjects, policy attachment mechanisms should make it possible to clearly identify the source of a policy assertion both for debugging and for verification. This could take several forms: it could be assumed (in WSDL, the source of the assertion is the same as the WSDL provider) or it could be proven (using ).

Scenario and a worked example

To illustrate the topics explored in this document, we include an example of a web service and how a fictitious company might utilize the WS-Policy Framework to enable Web Service interoperability. Company A has determined to utilize WS-Security, WS-Addressing and WS-Reliable Messaging in all its new web service offerings and has instructed its developers to use the policy assertions defined by the following documents:

Web Services Security Policy

Web Services Reliable Messaging Policy

Web Services Addressing WSDL Binding

The application developers at Company A are instructed to review the current web services at Company A and propose a plan for adding policy assertions.

The application developers collect information about web services within Company A and determine that all of the web services already have a WSDL 1.1 description. The developers have determined that Company A's web services fall into two types of web services. There are those that fall into the "default" category, and will use a predefined set of policy assertions, and there are those that use the default but also extend the policy alternatives.

They have also determined that for the both types, the appropriate policy subject is the endpoint. They determined this because the capabilities apply to all operations and messages for the web service not to any one individual operation or message exchange.

Service A is a WSDL 1.1 conformant web service and requires the use of transport-level security for protecting messages as well as including addressing headers. Employees of Company A have already incorporated wss:Security headers into their messages.

Message with Security Headers <soap:Envelope> <soap:Header> <wss:Security soap:mustUnderstand ="1"> <wsu:Timestamp wsu:Id=_0"> <wsu:Created> 20006-01-19T02:49:53.914Z </u:Created> <wsu:Expires> 20006-01-19T02:54:53.914Z </u:Expires> </wsu:Timestamp> </wss:Security> <wsa:To> http://CompanyA/quote <wsa:To> <wsa:Action> http://CompanyA/GetRealQuote</wsa:Action> </soap:Header> <soap:Body> ... </soap:Envelope>

The SOAP message in the example above includes security timestamps that express creation and expiration times of this message. Company A requires the use of these security timestamps and transport-level security, such as HTTPS for protecting messages.

The example below illustrates a policy expression that CompanyA has created for its employees to use on their web services to indicate the use of addressing and transport-level security for securing messages.

CompanyA-ProfileA <Policy URI=http://www.CompanyA.com/WebServicesProfileA.xml> <wsa:UsingAddressing /> <sp:TransportBinding></sp:TransportBinding> </Policy>

The sp:TransportBinding element is a policy assertion. The assertion identifies the use of transport-level-security - such as HTTPS for protecting messages at the transport level. Company A's policy aware clients can now recognize this policy assertion and if they support it, engage in transport level security for protecting messages and providing security timestamps in SOAP envelopes for any WSDL with this policy attached.

When creating the policy for the default web services, the developers took into consideration several factors. First, all their web services were WSDL 1.1 web services. Second, they wanted to reuse policy assertions where ever possible. Third, they wanted to ensure that where possible they would support alternatives rather than forcing a single client configuration.

The developers read the WS-Policy specification and noted that there were three ways to express combinations of behaviors. The three policy operators, (Policy, All and ExactlyOne) were considered and the result was the creation of two policy elements.

The first policy is shown in Figure CompanyA-ProfileA and it is the policy that is used by many web services at Company A that rely on HTTPS to provide transport level protection of messages.

The second policy is shown in Figure CompanyA-ProfileB and it offers requesters of a service the ability to provide additional integrity protection by including WS-Security Headers to protect the message content after it is processed by the transport. The additional security processing is not required by all Company A web services.

CompanyA-ProfileB (not expanded) <Policy wsu:Id="CompanyA-ProfileB"> <wsa:UsingAddressing/> <ExactlyOne> <sp:TransportBinding></sp:TransportBinding> <sp:AsymmetricBinding></sp:AssymetricBinding> </ExactlyOne> </Policy>

We have shown above that Company A offered a second profile that included two security options. The details of the Bindings, requires a more detailed exploration of some of the other features of the WS-Policy Framework.

When Assertion Authors create sets of Policy assertions, like WS-Security Policy they need to consider expressing the semantics of their domain in a way that policy consumers, like Company A, can utilize them. In this case, the WS-SecurityPolicy Assertion Authors factored out common elements of security mechanisms and utilized a feature of WS-Policy called "nested" assertions. In the case of an sp:TransportBinding assertion, just indicating the use of transport-level security for protecting messages is not sufficient. For a consumer of a web service provided by a company, like Company A, to successfully interact, the consumer must also know what transport token, what algorithm suite, etc. is required. The sp:TransportBinding assertion, can (and has) represent (ed) these dependent behaviors as "nested" policy assertions.

In the example below the child Policy element is a nested policy behavior and further qualifies the behavior of the sp:TransportBinding policy assertion.

CompanyA-ProfileB (fully expanded) <Policy wsu:Id="CompanyA-ProfileB"> <wsa:UsingAddressing/> <ExactlyOne> <sp:TransportBinding> <Policy> <sp:TransportToken> <Policy> <sp:HttpsToken RequireClienCertificate="false" /> </Policy> </sp:TransportToken> <sp:AlgorithmSuite> <Policy> <sp:Basic256Rsa15 /> </Policy> </sp:AlgorithmSuite> </Policy> </sp:TransportBinding> <sp:AsymmetricBinding> </sp:AssymetricBinding> </ExactlyOne> </Policy>

The sp:AlgorithmSuite is a nested policy assertion of the sp:TransportBinding assertion and indicates that this suite is required. The sp:TransportToken is a nested policy assertion that indicates the use of a specific type of token, in this case an HttpsToken.

It should be noted that each policy has an Identifier. In the case of the default policy expression, Company A has decided that this policy expression should be broadly available via a URI. There are advantages and disadvantages to using each type of identifier. For URI's there is the issue of maintaining the policy expression when it may no longer be used (Company A gets bought by Company B and starts using the policies of Company B, but some "old" consumers may still try to reference the URI).

For the second type of web services, which may be used only by certain of Company A's business partners, the id is an XML ID. The relative URI for referencing this within the same WSDL document is #CompanyA-ProfileB. This can be useful for company's when the policy expressions are agreed to between partners but may be changed as the business agreements change. But the disadvantage is that the policy expression must be included in each WSDL document.

Since Company A has decided to use well known policy expressions that are part of a specification, they adhere to the guidance given in the WS-SecurityPolicy specification and attach the policies to the web service endpoint policy subject as recommended by the WS-SecurityPolicy specification. For the default web services, the URI is included in the wsdl binding for each web service.

<wsdl:binding name="CompanyADefaultBinding" type="tns:CompanyADefault"> <wsp:PolicyReference URI="http://www.CompanyA.com/WebServicesProfileA.xml"> <wsdl:operation name="GetQuote"> </wsdl:operation> </wsdl:binding>

The partner specified policy is included in the beginning of the WSDL 1.1 document and referenced by the binding for the service as in the example below.

<wsdl:definitions name="StockQuote" targetNamespace="http:.."> <wsp:Policy wsu:Id="CompanyA-ProfileB"> <wsa:UsingAddressing /> <ExactlyOne> <sp:TransportBinding> <Policy> <sp:TransportToken> <wsp:Policy> <sp:HttpsToken RequireClienCertificate="false" /> </wsp:Policy> </sp:TransportToken> <sp:AlgorithmSuite> <wsp:Policy> <sp:Basic256Rsa15 /> </wsp:Policy> </spAlgorithmSuite> </Policy> </sp:TransportBinding> <sp:AsymmetricBinding> </sp:AssymetricBinding> </ExactlyOne> </wsp:Policy> <wsdl:binding name="CompanyADefaultBinding" type="tns:CompanyADefault"> <wsp:PolicyReference id=#CompanyA-ProfileB> <wsdl:operation name="GetQuote"> </wsdl:operation> </wsdl:binding>

In some cases, companies may chose to implement their own assertions. When companies chose to become Assertion Authors they need to consider not only the definition of the behavior that the assertion represents but they need to consider how new assertions will be intersected and merged with other assertions in the calculation of an effective policy and this also indicates they need to consider policy subjects.

The WS-Policy 1.5 - Attachment specification defines algorithms for calculating the effective policy for a given policy subject and effective policies for WSDL 1.1, WSDL 2.0 and UDDI policy subjects.

Security Considerations

Security considerations are discussed in the document.

XML Namespaces

The table below lists XML Namespaces that are used in this document. The choice of any namespace prefix is arbitrary and not semantically significant.

Prefixes and XML Namespaces used in this specification.
Prefix XML Namespace Specifications
soap http://www.w3.org/2003/05/soap-envelope []
sp http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/07/securitypolicy []
wsa http://www.w3.org/2005/08/addressing []
wsdl http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/wsdl/ []
wsp http://www.w3.org/ns/ws-policy [, ]
wsrmp http://docs.oasis-open.org/ws-rx/wsrmp/200608 []
wss http://docs.oasis-open.org/wss/2004/01/oasis-200401-wss-wssecurity-secext-1.0.xsd []
wsu http://docs.oasis-open.org/wss/2004/01/oasis-200401-wss-wssecurity-utility-1.0.xsd []
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This document is the work of the W3C Web Services Policy Working Group.

Members of the Working Group are (at the time of writing, and by alphabetical order): Dimitar Angelov (SAP AG), Abbie Barbir (Nortel Networks), Charlton Barreto (Adobe Systems Inc.), Sergey Beryozkin (IONA Technologies, Inc.), Vladislav Bezrukov (SAP AG), Toufic Boubez (Layer 7 Technologies), Symon Chang (BEA Systems, Inc.), Paul Cotton (Microsoft Corporation), Jeffrey Crump (Sonic Software), Glen Daniels (Sonic Software), Jacques Durand (Fujitsu Limited), Ruchith Fernando (WSO2), Christopher Ferris (IBM Corporation), William Henry (IONA Technologies, Inc.), Frederick Hirsch (Nokia), Maryann Hondo (IBM Corporation), Tom Jordahl (Adobe Systems Inc.), Paul Knight (Nortel Networks), Philippe Le Hégaret (W3C/MIT), Mark Little (JBoss Inc.), Ashok Malhotra (Oracle Corporation), Monica Martin (Sun Microsystems, Inc.), Arnaud Meyniel (Axway Software), Jeff Mischkinsky (Oracle Corporation), Dale Moberg (Axway Software), Anthony Nadalin (IBM Corporation), Bob Natale (MITRE Corporation), David Orchard (BEA Systems, Inc.), Fabian Ritzmann (Sun Microsystems, Inc.), Daniel Roth (Microsoft Corporation), Tom Rutt (Fujitsu Limited), Sanka Samaranayake (WSO2), Felix Sasaki (W3C/Keio), Skip Snow (Citigroup), Yakov Sverdlov (CA Inc.), Mark Temple-Raston (Citigroup), Asir Vedamuthu (Microsoft Corporation), Sanjiva Weerawarana (WSO2), Ümit Yalçinalp (SAP AG), Prasad Yendluri (webMethods, Inc.).

Previous members of the Working Group were: Jeffrey Crump (Sonic Software), Jong Lee (BEA Systems, Inc.), Bob Natale (MITRE Corporation), Bijan Parsia (University of Manchester), Seumas Soltysik (IONA Technologies, Inc.).

The people who have contributed to discussions on public-ws-policy@w3.org are also gratefully acknowledged.

Changes in this Version of the Document

A list of substantive changes since the Working Draft dated 21 December, 2006 is below:

Rewrote section and added two new best practices:

An assertion description should specify a policy subject.

If the policy subjects change over time, the assertion description should also be versioned to reflect this change.

Rewrote section and added a new best practice: the semantics of an assertion should be independent of the form (compact or normal form) of policy expressions that contain the assertion.

Rewrote section .

Rewrote section and added a new best practice: the semantics a policy assertion should not depend on the attachment mechanism used.

Dropped section 4.6 Typing Assertions.

Clarified the semantics of an empty nested policy expression in .

Web Services Policy 1.5 - Guidelines for Policy Assertion Authors Change Log
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20061120 MH Restructure to address action items 64,77, which refer to bugzilla 3705 and F2F RESOLUTION 3792
20061127 ASV Updated the list of editors. Added Frederick and Umit to the list of editors. Editors' action 86.
20061128 MH Replaced section in Lifecycle with pointer to the text in the primer: related to action 77
20061129 FJH Editorial revision (editorial actions 84 and 90) - includes suggestions from Asir: Part 1 and Part 2.
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20061219 TIB Editorial revision: most parts of editorial action 96. Remaining editorials to be reviewed.
20061220 TIB Editorial revision: completed missing parts of editorial action 96 after editorial reviews by co-editors.
20061226 MH Editorial revision: reconciled terms related to "Assertion Authors" 106 and bug http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=3983
20070104 UY Resolution of Issue 3982 Based on Minutes for resolution, Minor formatting for consistent use of the term "Assertion Author"
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20070130 UY Completed action item: 126. Resolution for issue 4188
20070130 UY Fixed SAWSDL ref name
20070131 FJH Fixed numerous spelling and typo errors. Implement resolution for issue 3953 as noted in message 90 and amended as noted in message 217. Changes correspond to editor's action 152.
20070221 MH Partial implementation for issue 4072 in response to editor's action 154 . NOTE ALSO- I needed to put back in the "prefix" entity defintion [line7] to get the build to work.
20070306 ASV Implemented partial resolution for issue 3987. Related editorial action is 153.
20070308 DBO Changed "lifecycle" spec references to versioning to fix build.
20070314 FJH Implemented resolution for issue 4072 as outlined in proposal. Editorial action 204.
20070314 FJH Implemented resolution for issue 3987 as outlined in proposal. Editorial action 203.
20070315 ASV Implemented the resolution for issue 3979. Editors' action 198.
20070315 ASV Implemented the resolution for issue 3981. Editors' action 205.
20070315 FJH Implemented resolution for issue 4035 as outlined in proposal. Editorial action 197.
20070319 MH Implemented resolution for issue 4073 in response to editor's action 199 as outlined in proposal .
20070320 ASV Implemented the resolution for issue 4319. Editors' action 206.
20070320 ASV Implemented the resolution for issue 3990. Editors' action 210.
20070320 ASV Implemented the resolution for issue 4212. Editors' action 207.
20070321 ASV Updated section .