Web Services Description Language

Type of document:
W3C Recommendation
Organization:
W3C
Year:
2007
Description

Web services technology is increasingly important for automated business interaction and application integration between enterprises. Web services allow software coponents to interoperate using the Internet as a transport mechanism.

Web Services Description Language (WSDL) is an XML format for describing network services as message carriers of document or procedural information. It provides a standard way of describing Internet-based services as communication endpoints capable of exchanging messages. WSDL is thus a means of automating communication between applications over the Internet.

Workflow stage:
Business value:
WSDL allows the development of Web services in a standardized way, thereby extending the Internet from a source of information to a full-service platform. Recent research in this area at the W3C includes the development of semantic annotations for WSDL aimed towards integrating semantic Web technology and concepts into Web services.
Web site:
http://www.w3.org/TR/wsdl20/

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