Towards the Semantics for Web Service Choreography Description Language

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A choreography is a multi-part contract which describes peer to peer collaboration of services regardless of any specific programming language or supporting platform. WS-CDL, issued from W3C, is the first language for describing choreography. In this paper, we propose a language CDL 0 to capture the important features of WS-CDL, including choreography composition, compensation and exception handling. An adjunctive concept role reference is introduced with the aim of distinguishing multiple participants which provide the same kind of service within a choreography model. The semantics is given by an operational approach to provide a formal base for the choreography language. We believe this formalism work helps to clear ambiguous points in the WS-CDL specification and promote the usage of choreography languages.

Supported by National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2002CB312001).