document/literal Example - Guest Registration

This section provides a tutorial example on writing a WSDL 1.1 example that uses SOAP 1.2 over HTTP with document/literal as the message style and the encoding option.

"document/literal" is the popular combination of message style and encoding option for most generic Web services. So let's write the first example with:

In this WSDL example, I want to send a SOAP request to register a list of guests. And I expect the server to return back a list of confirmations. So I wrote this WSDL document, Registration_WSDL_11_SOAP_12_Document.wsdl:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<wsdl:definitions xmlns:wsdl=""

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    <xsd:schema xmlns:xsd=""
      <xsd:element name="RegistrationRequest">
          <xsd:complexContent mixed="true">
            <xsd:restriction base="xsd:anyType">
                <xsd:element name="Guest" type="xsd:string"
              <xsd:attribute name="date" type="xsd:date"/>
              <xsd:attribute name="event" type="xsd:string"/>
      <xsd:element name="RegistrationResponse">
            <xsd:element name="Confirmation" maxOccurs="unbounded">
                  <xsd:restriction base="xsd:anyType">
                    <xsd:attribute name="guest" type="xsd:string"/>
                    <xsd:attribute name="event" type="xsd:string"/>

  <wsdl:message name="registrationInputMessage">
    <wsdl:part name="registrationInputPart"
  <wsdl:message name="registrationOutputMessage">
    <wsdl:part name="registrationOutputPart"

  <wsdl:portType name="registrationPortType">
    <wsdl:operation name="Registration">
      <wsdl:input name="registrationInput"
      <wsdl:output name="registrationOutput"

  <wsdl:binding name="registrationBinding"
    <soap12:binding transport=""/>
    <wsdl:operation name="Registration">
      <soap12:operation style="document" soapActionRequired="false"/>
      <wsdl:input name="registrationInput">
        <soap12:body use="literal"/>
      <wsdl:output name="registrationOutput">
        <soap12:body use="literal"/>

  <wsdl:service name="registrationService">
    <wsdl:port name="registrationPort"
      <soap12:address location=


See next section for testing requests and responses.

Last update: 2007.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to WSDL 2.0

 WSDL 2.0 Document Structure and Syntax

 WSDL Version 2.0 Part 2: Adjuncts

 WSDL 2.0 Document Examples with SOAP Binding

 WSDL 20 Programming APIs and Testing Tools

 Introduction to WSDL 1.1

 WSDL 1.1 Document Structure and Syntax

 WSDL 1.1 Binding Extension for SOAP 1.1

 soapUI 3.0.1 - Web Service Testing Tool

 WSDL 1.1 and SOAP 1.1 Examples - Document and RPC Styles

 PHP SOAP Extension in PHP 5.3.1

 Using WSDL in Perl with SOAP::Lite 0.710

 Using WSDL Document in Java with Axis2 1.4.1

 Using WSDL2Java to Generate Web Service Stub Classes

 WSDL 1.1 Binding Extension for SOAP 1.2

WSDL 1.1 and SOAP 1.2 Examples - Document and RPC Styles

 SOAP 1.2 Message Styles and Encoding Options

document/literal Example - Guest Registration

 Request and Response - Guest Registration

 rpc/encoded Example - Get Exchange Rate

 Request and Response - Get Exchange Rate

 SOAP Body and Operation Name - Book Reservation

 Request and Response - Book Reservation

 elementFormDefault="qualified" - Refill Order

 Request and Response - Refill Order

 SOAP 1.2 Binding - PHP, Java and Perl Clients

 WSDL Related Terminologies


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