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Using XML schema to improve writing, validation, and structure of WS-policies

Heinzl, Steffen and Schmeling, Benjamin (2010):
Using XML schema to improve writing, validation, and structure of WS-policies.
In: Proceedings of the 2010 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), In: 2010 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC), Sierre, Switzerland, [Online-Edition: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1774088.1774592],
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Abstract

WS-Policies provide a standard to describe non-functional properties of web services. These properties are usually defined by domain-specific assertions. In some domains, for example security, nested assertions are heavily used to formalize detailed properties. Since the WS-Policy schema syntactically allows the use of arbitrary child elements for the elements defined in the WS-Policy namespace, the validation of policy documents against concrete policy schemata is also complicated. Additionally, policies become bloated by requiring the use of nested policies that are often empty or just containing one entry.

In this paper, we suggest to enhance the XML schema of concrete policies to allow for easier writing, better validation, simpler structure, and better tool support when working with policies. The enhancements are realized using domain-specific policy elements and omitting unnecessary nested policy elements. A template for enhancing the XML schema to support these requirements is provided. Old policy documents still remain compatible with the new schema. The proposed improvements are applied to a complex concrete policy, namely WS-SecurityPolicy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2010
Creators: Heinzl, Steffen and Schmeling, Benjamin
Title: Using XML schema to improve writing, validation, and structure of WS-policies
Language: English
Abstract:

WS-Policies provide a standard to describe non-functional properties of web services. These properties are usually defined by domain-specific assertions. In some domains, for example security, nested assertions are heavily used to formalize detailed properties. Since the WS-Policy schema syntactically allows the use of arbitrary child elements for the elements defined in the WS-Policy namespace, the validation of policy documents against concrete policy schemata is also complicated. Additionally, policies become bloated by requiring the use of nested policies that are often empty or just containing one entry.

In this paper, we suggest to enhance the XML schema of concrete policies to allow for easier writing, better validation, simpler structure, and better tool support when working with policies. The enhancements are realized using domain-specific policy elements and omitting unnecessary nested policy elements. A template for enhancing the XML schema to support these requirements is provided. Old policy documents still remain compatible with the new schema. The proposed improvements are applied to a complex concrete policy, namely WS-SecurityPolicy.

Title of Book: Proceedings of the 2010 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC)
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science > Software Technology
20 Department of Computer Science
Event Title: 2010 ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC)
Event Location: Sierre, Switzerland
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 09:57
Official URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1774088.1774592
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Web Services, PolicyEnglish
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