SOAP Body Element

The SOAP Body Element

The required SOAP Body element contains the actual SOAP message intended for the ultimate endpoint of the message.

Immediate child elements of the SOAP Body element may be namespace-qualified. SOAP defines one element inside the Body element in the default namespace (“http://www.w3.org/2001/12/soap-envelope”). This is the SOAP Fault element, which is used to indicate error messages.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<soap:Envelope
xmlns:soap="http://www.w3.org/2001/12/soap-envelope"
soap:encodingStyle="http://www.w3.org/2001/12/soap-encoding">
<soap:Body>
   <m:GetPrice xmlns:m="http://www.w3schools.com/prices">
      <m:Item>Apples</m:Item>
   </m:GetPrice>
</soap:Body>
</soap:Envelope>

The example above requests the price of apples. Note that the m:GetPrice and the Item elements above are application-specific elements. They are not a part of the SOAP standard.

A SOAP response could look something like this:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<soap:Envelope
xmlns:soap="http://www.w3.org/2001/12/soap-envelope"
soap:encodingStyle="http://www.w3.org/2001/12/soap-encoding">
<soap:Body>
   <m:GetPriceResponse xmlns:m="http://www.w3schools.com/prices">
      <m:Price>1.90</m:Price>
   </m:GetPriceResponse>
</soap:Body>
</soap:Envelope>

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