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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 is often viewed as a bloated, over engineered implementation of a perfectly trivial concept, but it's the first generic, cross platform, language independent implementation of that concept to achieve widespread adoption, so maybe it needed to be.

See also AXIS.