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Subject: Re: Ack Message Payload??


> <Dick>
> my response message (identified with "MessageType=Acknowledgement") contains
> the current stock price in the ebXML message payload (like an RPC).
> </Dick>
> Is this an attempt to merge MS ACK with "Normal" Payload? Or, is it a
> Business ACK with a payload?
> If first, then the same effect could be achieved if the MessageType was
> "Normal" instead of "Acknowledgement".
> If second, I don't like it. It ties the meaning of MessageType to the
> existence of the Payload itself. This overloads the MS, which would need to
> deal with different kinds of ACKs. I can see that MS can "Notify" "Business
> Layer" about the MS ACK, but I cannot think of any other kind of ACK
> (whatever it might be) that the MS would need to deal with.
> Another characteristic of this "Usage" is that both flavors might lead to a
> situation when one would need to "ACK an ACK".
> I really support the view =>
> <Chris>
> Let me see if I can make this clearer. A Business ACK is NOT the same as a
> MS-level ACK. A Business ACK would NOT use a MessageType="Acknowledgment"
> because that is reserved for MS use.
> A Business ACK is of MessageType="Normal" and has an appropriate payload (or
> not as the case may be,
> but it is NOT clear at all how an empty payload is supposed to be
> interpreted by the receiving business service/application!).
> </Chris>
> Maybe famous "ServiceInterface/Action" combo can do the trick with Business
> ACK and empty payload?

Given the above, a synchronous (RPC-like) interchange would follow (request)
MessageType=Normal <----->MessageType=Normal (response) and async (messaging)
interchange would follow (request)
MessageType=Normal<----->MessageType=Acknowledgement (response). This seems
reasonable, I think we need to play out a couple of scenarios filling-in the
ebXML headers for the various type of request/response message exchanges to see
how it plays out. For example:

Does a response (Normal in the RPC-like case) contain a "reflection" of the
ebXML header values contained in a request message  or does it contain values
germane to the acknowledgement (is so, in the RPC case, what values go into the
ServiceInterface, Action, etc.).  The same question applies to the MS ACK
response message.

Clearly we have a lot more work to do in defining MS behavior in the various


Dick Brooks

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