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Acronym for Simple Object Access Protocol.

A way for a computer program to call a function on a website. The usual SOAP example is quering a web server at IBM which returns (delayed) stock quotes.

This Wiki has a SOAP source letting you grab the wiki source of a webpage.

the WSDL file describing this source is, a webbrowser friendly URL is;?

SOAP (IMHO) is a bloated, over engineered mess of a perfectly trivial concept. Sigh.