Feeds

W3C sets standards for SOA and Web 2.0

Promises better web apps

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced two standards aimed at bringing order to the web.

In early September W3C introduced Web Services Policy 1.5, giving developers a way to connect web services standards such as SOAP 1.2, WSDL 2.0, and XML Schema to new Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based applications.

And last week it gave a boost to what W3C calls the "semantic web" with the long-awaited announcement of the standard for Gleaning Resource Descriptions from Dialects of Languages (GRDDL).

W3C says Web Services Policy 1.5 will make it easier for developers to extend SOA applications without disrupting existing services. It also paves the way for improvements in areas such as transaction security, message reliability, and metadata processing - all areas in which the web has been criticised in the past.

The standard is timely against a mixed background of activity for SOA. On one hand the SOA Consortium announced last week that it had attracted 50 members in its first six months.

But a new UK survey from the Evaluation Centre notes that there is still a big gap between what SOA promises and real-world results.

The survey found that 88 per cent of the sample still faced problems with integrating systems to build SOA applications and that only 10 per cent of businesses fully understand what SOA can do.

While the W3C Web Services Policy 1.5 standard is squarely aimed at aligning traditional enterprise computing with the service model offered by the web, the GRDDL (yes, it is officially pronounced "griddle") standard is aimed more at so-called social networking applications and mashups. It is likely, however, that it will have long-term implications in enterprise computing too.

GRDDL defines how metadata may be extracted from web page "microformats" such as HTML, XML, and CSS and fed into other applications. W3C has set up a test service for GRDDL here. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft
Doesn't much like Apple or Google, either
Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip
Look at the shiny Windows 8.1, why can't you people talk about 8.1, sobs an exec somewhere
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code
Two-factor auth enabled for Kernel.org repositories
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?