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Basic SOAP fault question

Marc LaFleur

Joined: Nov 03, 2009
Posts: 2
My web service will be returning a generic SOAP fault (soap:Fault) when there is an XML validation error.

Do I need to define this fault in the WSDL for my service?

Or is it just understood that a generic SOAP fault could be a response to a SOAP web service request?
Ivan Krizsan
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Joined: Oct 04, 2006
Posts: 2198
The WS-I Basic Profile does not mandate (using SHOULD, not MUST) that all faults are declared:

Warning: Here follows unsolicited advice on faults:
However, since you already know under what circumstances you want to return a fault, returning a custom fault, which also is declared in the WSDL, would be a courtesy to clients having only a WSDL to refer to. I would want to compare it to throwing a Throwable exception when a method receives an illegal parameter, when a IllegalArgumentException would be more informative to clients.
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