[February 2006]Michael Mahan (Nokia), Chair
The XML Protocol Working Group is a Working Group of the W3C and follows the Working Group process described in section 6.2 Working Groups and Interest Groups of the Process Document. It supersedes the Working Group’s previous charter of February 2005.
The mission of the XML Protocol Working Group is to maintain and develop as needed the SOAP Version 1.2 specifications and their extensions.
The Working Group is responsible for updating errata documents and publishing new editions incorporating published errata.
In addition to the maintenance effort, the XML Protocol Working Group is chartered to work on SOAP Version 1.2 extensions.
The first deliverable of the Working Group is the revisions to these Recommendations:
The Working Group also expects to publish a separate and/or updated Recommendation that provides for one-way SOAP messaging (at least a binding over HTTP). This could consist of a new Message Exchange Pattern (MEP) and/or a new or revised SOAP HTTP Binding(s). The solution may also provide for other use cases described by the Web Services Addressing Working Group, such as request-response using 2 HTTP connections.
A SOAP Message Exchange Pattern (MEP) is a template that establishes a pattern for the exchange of messages between SOAP nodes.
These are subject to revision due to editorial needs and external scheduling issues; updates will be negotiated with the related groups and recorded on the XML Protocol Working Group home page. Please see the Working Group home page for information about scheduled meetings.
Although the schedule lists the one way MEP document as being on the Recommendation track, one of the first task of the WG will be to evaluate the work and decide on the nature of the document.
The expiration date of this charter is 31 December 2006.
XML and XML derived activities have become a strategic technology in W3C and elsewhere. Each deliverable of any Working Group must satisfy the dependencies from other W3C Working Groups before it can advance to Candidate Recommendation.
The XML Protocol Working Group should liaise with at least the following groups outside W3C:
Effective participation is expected to consume at least one day per week of each Working Group participant’s time.
To be successful, we expect the Working Group to have approximately 5 to 10 active principal members for its 15-month duration. We also expect a large public review group that will participate in the mailing list discussions.
The initial chair of this Working Group is Michael Mahan, Nokia.
The W3C Team contact is Yves Lafon. It is expected that this Working Group will consume about 0.2 FTE, including administrative logistics.
A one to two hours Working Group distributed meeting will be held every week. When necessary to meet agreed-upon deadlines, the distributed meetings may be held twice a week.
Meeting records must be made publicly available except for non-technical issues that do not directly affect the output of the Working Group.
The Working Group also expects to hold one or two face-to-face meetings.
The Working Group will utilize a W3C Member mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and a public mailing list <email@example.com>. The public mailing list, with its wider audience, exists to promote openness and interoperability, and is the preferred channel of communication.
The proceedings of this Working Group are public, subject to exceptions made by the Chair, after consultation with the Working Group.
This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.