The Web's leading standards body is forging ahead with new Web services initiatives, putting out a new draft proposal and co-sponsoring an August meeting on security.
Monday's working draft joins a trio of related documents published by the W3C this summer: Web Service Description Requirements,and Web Services Architecture Requirements.
The stepped-up pace of publications followsthat the W3C was late to the Web services party. The W3C formed its Web Services Activity in January.
In the consortium's drafts, "architecture" means the way in which the various Web services technologies and specifications, such as the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and the Web Services Description Language (WSDL, pronounced "wizdl"), fit together.
While the "usage scenario" documents outline practical applications for a specification, the "requirements" more abstractly define what capabilities the spec must have.
The W3C also announced its co-sponsorship, with fellow standards body the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), of the Forum on Security Standards for Web Services. The forum will be part of the XML Web Service One conference to be held Aug. 26 to Aug. 30 in Boston.
The forum will attempt to explain the alphabet soup of Web services security specifications from the standards groups, including the W3C's XML-SIG, XKMS and Xenc; and OASIS's SAML, WS-Security, and standards for access control, biometrics, digital rights and other areas.