Web Services Architecture Current Status

This page summarizes the relationships among specifications, whether they are finished standards or drafts. Below, each title links to the most recent version of a document.

Completed Work

W3C Recommendations have been reviewed by W3C Members, by software developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and are endorsed by the Director as Web Standards. Learn more about the W3C Recommendation Track.

Group Notes are not standards and do not have the same level of W3C endorsement.

Group Notes


Requirements for the Internationalization of Web Services

This document describes requirements for internationalizing Web services.


Web Services Internationalization Usage Scenarios

Describes internationalization usage patterns and scenarios for Web services. Provides additional guidance for implementers of Web service technologies, suggesting methods for dealing with general international interoperability issues in services and service descriptions. Provides a template for Web service designers to implement international capabilities in their services.


Web Services Architecture

This document defines the Web Services Architecture. It identifies the functional components and defines the relationships among those components to effect the desired properties of the overall architecture.


Web Services Architecture Usage Scenarios

This document describes the Web Service Architecture use cases and Usage Scenarios.

It is a collection of use cases and usage scenarios which illustrate the use of Web services. They are used to generate requirements for the Web services architecture, as well as to evaluate existing technologies.


Web Services Glossary

This document is a glossary of Web services terms defined and used in the Web Services Architecture [WS Arch]. It is intended for use by Web services spefications in order to refer to a common coherent framework.


Web Services Architecture Requirements

This document describes a set of requirements for a standard reference architecture for Web services developed by the Web Services Architecture Working Group. These requirements are intended to guide the development of the reference architecture and provide a set of measurable constraints on Web services implementations by which conformance can be determined.


Web Service Management: Service Life Cycle

This document describes the life cycle of a Web service, and of the processing of a request by a Web service.

Obsolete Specifications

These specifications have either been superseded by others, or have been abandoned. They remain available for archival purposes, but are not intended to be used.



Web Services Internationalization (WS-I18N)

Describes enhancements to SOAP messaging to provide internationalized and localized operations using locale and international preferences. These mechanisms can be used to accommodate a wide variety of development models for international usage.