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Subject: RE: [wsdm] Usage of the word of "Protocol" within the Primer

I think WSDM is made up of the following:
- It is a profile on WSRF/WSN which are protocols. Is a profile of a protocol a protocol?
- It is a management framework in that several management capabilities are defined. But these capabilities are defined on top of the profile mentioned above. The above profile is the core of WSDM.
- MOWS is a model for Web service manageability.

From: Vaughn Bullard [mailto:vbullard@amberpoint.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 6:34 PM
To: wsdm@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [wsdm] Usage of the word of "Protocol" within the Primer

Hey folks,
Just separating the daylights out this Primer and was wondering if WSDM is defining a "protocol" or a framework?  According to Webster's, a protocol is a set of rules determining the format and transmission of data.  Now, transmission to me means seems to imply how something is implemented.  Are we seeking to define how the transmission is implemented?  The format of the transmission, yes, I believe so.  However, should we not seek to keep implementation out of the mix?  I know that Web Services is how we'll do it; however should we limit ourselves by WSDM's current implementation?  Abstraction I'm sure is the goal.  I'm sure we would want the standard to last farther than a few years. 
Take HTTP-now that is a protocol.  SOAP is a protocol.  But WSDM is taking advantage of the SOAP protocol as format protocol and HTTP as the transport protocol.  So are we providing the framework to sit on the top of these protocols or the protocol?  I say framework but please correct me if I'm off-base.
Sorry to be such a nitpick, but I'm German and I'm an engineer; a culturally genetic form of the Obsessive-Compulsive.  :)
Bonsoir und Guten Abend!

Thanks again,

Vaughn Bullard


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