First we had HTTP.

Then we had SOAP, which tunneled RPC over HTTP.

And now to complete the circle we have SOAP Resource Representation Header, which lets you tunnel HTTP over SOAP.

Lovely.

print '<meta http-equiv="Content-Type"
  content="text/html; charset=utf-8">'

- source: An Atom-Powered Wiki [1]
  by Joe Gregorio,
  April 14, 2004

[1] http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2004/04/14/atomwiki.html

Posted by Sam Ruby on 2004-04-30

so the light at the end of the tunnel is a serialized train?

Posted by chornbe on 2004-04-30

Sam,
  When I saw that I just slapped my forehead. What was I thinking? A single 'meta' element is of course completely equvalent to tunneling the entire contents and headers of an HTTP based resource over SOAP. I hang my head in shame for not recognizing it earlier. Good thing you were here to point it out.

Posted by joe on 2004-04-30

Joe, how you feel about XOP?

Posted by Robert Sayre on 2004-05-01

Yeah, I know, just what we need, one more entry in our ever widening variety of standards.

Kidding aside, I think I get what they're talking about, but I also think this might raise the eyebrow of a security officer or three. Am I wrong to assume this?

Posted by Mean Dean on 2004-05-05