WSDL (Web Service Description Language)

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WSDL is an XML-based* interface definition language that is used for describing the functionality offered by a web service.


Developed by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


Describe the services that are offered and provide a way for users to access the services electronically.


The current version of the specification is 2.0, which is recommended by the W3C.

* XML (Extensible Markup Language) defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format which is both human-readable and machine-readable. Although the design of XML focuses on documents, it is widely used for representation of arbitrary data structures - such as those used in web services.

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