BEA Systems, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Sun Microsystems have submitted the latest version of a key web services specification, WS-Addressing, to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The group said WS-Addressing is designed to allow companies to build reliable and interoperable web services applications by defining a standard mechanism for identifying and exchanging web services messages between multiple end points.
With a standard way to express where a message should be delivered in a web services network, developers will be able to simplify web services communication and development and avoid the need to develop costly fixes.
"WS-Addressing is a key part of the core web services architecture," the group said in a statement.
"In particular, the specification is designed to underlie other specifications, such as WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Federation and WS-AtomicTransaction, providing a consistent, interoperable and standards-based mechanism for web services addressing.
"Backed by significant industry support, the submission of WS-Addressing is also a part of a longer-term effort to provide a standards-based foundation for the development of secure, transacted, asynchronous and reliable web services."
The co-authors of the proposed standard have agreed not to charge royalties in conjunction with WS-Addressing.
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