Developers and vendors are being called to give feedback, following the release of a public working draft of an XML-based Web services language by the World Wide Web Consortium.

Yesterday the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced working drafts of its Web Services Description Language (WSDL) 1.2 and WSDL 1.2 Bindings.

Hoylen Sue, technical manager at the Australian W3C office, said the organisation would go through working drafts until it felt it was finished. “What they’re doing with the release of these things is to give a heartbeat to the outside world, so they can comment,” Sue said.

It was mostly developers and vendors which generally commented, he said. This was generally on areas such as problems they may be experiencing with implementations, the architecture, and any clarification which may be necessary.

W3C is a consortium run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science in the US, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control in France, and Keio University in Japan, according to the organisation’s Web site.

WSDL 1.2 is an XML-based language which describes a Web service, according to a statement issued by the consortium. This includes the data exchanged, protocol to be used, and its location on the Web. The WSDL 1.2 Bindings describes how to use WSDL 1.2 with SOAP 1.2, http and MIME, W3C stated.

According to the consortium, developers and companies had expressed interest in W3C pursuing the development of a Web services description language which was based on WSDL 1.1 but would be subject to the organisation’s processes and technical requirements.