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Subject: Proposed new issue: spec talks about delivery assurances but does not clearly relate them to the protocol
The WS-ReliableMessaging specification talks about delivery assurances but does not clearly relate them to the protocol.
This vague definition of the relationship between delivery assurances and the protocol has caused (extreme) confusion and does not clearly describe how the protocol is intended to be used.
One proposal that has been kicked around by the TC consists of:
a) Remove all references to delivery assurances from the WS-RM spec.
b) Describe, in detail, DA’s in the policy spec (since we’re adding an Assurances element to that document anyway).
c) Create a new deliverable for the TC; a profiles document. The profiles would describe how the protocol should be used to implement the various delivery assurances.
Other variants on this have been proposed as well. The point is to make it more obvious that DA’s are a contract between RMS/RMD and apps whereas the protocol is about guaranteed transfer between RMS and RMD and enables the implementation of DA’s between RMS/RMD and apps.