An important emerging standard in the web arena, known as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), originally developed by Microsoft, has achieved a new milestone. Since IBM joined in support for the SOAP standard with increased security, SOAP may replace DCOM, and possibly even CORBA eventually. The W3C consortium has just released a new version, 1.2, which will be widely accepted and adopted by vendors.
1.2 and the XML Protocol Abstract Model. By formally publishing these working drafts at an early stage of the design work, W3C hopes to ensure that the public can follow the development of these proposed standards, and contribute to a final result that is widely accepted and adopted. According to the W3C, data transport is as central to modern computing as is data storage and display in the networked, decentralized, and distributed environment that is the Web (TEC agrees with this opinion strongly). As