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Secure XML: The New Syntax for Signatures and Encryption by Kitty Niles, Donald E. Eastlake

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Chapter 8. SOAP

SOAP is a simple, extensible XML protocol framework for communication between distributed peer processes [SOAP]. It does not define specific application semantics. This book includes a discussion of SOAP for the following reasons:

  • Chapter 11 uses SOAP as an example of the application profiling of XMLDSIG authentication.

  • The XML key management protocol (XKMS), as described in Chapter 14, commonly uses SOAP.

  • Some problems related to exclusive versus inclusive canonicalization were first actually encountered in connection with SOAP use. SOAP illustrates these problems, as described in Chapter 9.

  • SOAP is an example of a protocol use of XML (see Appendix E).

An understanding of SOAP is not necessary to achieve a general understanding ...

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