I would like to be able to transport, in the body of SOAP messages, a
TEI document that contain references to unparsed external entities (in
this case, images). I am not, for the moment, assuming a binding to
any particular protocol, though HTTP is the most likely. In the
interest of simplicity (but not necessarily efficiency), I would like
to transport everything as a single SOAP message.
It seems to me that the most natural way to accomplish this is to
define a lexical wrapper for a TEI document. The schema would include
lexical information, such as the declarations for the unparsed
entities, followed by elements of type base64Binary that contain the
unparsed entities themselves, followed finally by the document root
element. This would allow the receiving SOAP node to reconstruct the
document and make all the entities available to a SAX-conformant
parser, perhaps via a special-purpose entity manager.
Does anyone on this list know of any applications that perform this,
from which I might learn or borrow?
// Gregory Murphy <[log in to unmask]>