SOAP relies on the HTTP 1.0 and higher protocol and supports W3C's XML specifications. A Web server supporting the standard HTTP protocol communication will support SOAP requests. If required, this can be a secure connection using the HTTPS protocol. The content type for a SOAP request is text/xml-SOAP and the MPOST verb is used (similar to a GET/POST/HEAD HTTP verbs). This enables the firewalls to easily recognize SOAP messages and filter them. It must be noted that SOAP does not replace the earlier COM or CORBA services but acts only as a protocol through which these services can communicate.

The W3C SOAP Abstract states:

SOAP is a lightweight protocol for exchange of information in a decentralized, distributed environment. It is an XML-based ...

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