On axis-user, somebody just posted a link to an old but interesting article titled “Which style of WSDL should I use?”. I had a chuckle at one part, when the author was describing the pros and cons of doc/lit. He used this example message;
<soap:envelope> <soap:body> <xElement>5</xElement> <yElement>5.0</yElement> </soap:body> </soap:envelope>
… and then wrote this as one of the “weaknesses” with it;
The operation name in the SOAP message is lost. Without the name, dispatching can be difficult, and sometimes impossible.
Yes, heaven forbid that you might have to go to the extreme expense of minting a new endpoint (URI)!
For those playing along on the home-game, that’s now at least two folks who’ve stared truly document oriented services right in the face, but blinked.