OASIS tackles Web services messaging

OASIS will develop a generic model for ensuring reliable message delivery of Web services, the standards consortium announced on Wednesday.

The OASIS Web Services Reliable Messaging (WS-RM) Technical Committee plans to establish a standard, interoperable way of achieving reliability at the SOAP messaging level and potentially with other messaging protocols.

The WS-Reliability specification, from Sun Microsystems Inc., Oracle Corp., Fujitsu Ltd., and others, will be submitted as input for the WS-RM Technical Committee, and other contributions are welcome, OASIS said.

Interoperability, ease of implementation, and ease of use are fundamental goals of the messaging effort, according to WS-RM Technical Committee Chairman Tom Rutt, of Fujitsu, in a prepared statement.

The OASIS Reliable Messaging specification will address message persistence, acknowledgement and resending, elimination of duplicate messages, ordered delivery, and delivery status awareness for sender and receiver applications. WSDL definitions will be provided for reliable messaging. Message formats will be specified as SOAP headers and/or body content.

OASIS WS-RM Technical Committee members include Commerce One, Cyclone Commerce, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Iona, NEC, Oracle, SAP, See Beyond, Sonic Software, Sun, webMethods, and WRQ. Members will freely license any affected intellectual property rights, according to OASIS.

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