HRESULT Send([in] BSTR endpoint, [in] BSTR Envelope);
endpoint is a transport specific string that identifies who the recipient is, typically this is a URL, e.g. http://soap.example.com/soap.asp, jabber://firstname.lastname@example.org/SoapServer etc.
Envelope is the SOAP message to send. As this is a BSTR, it is a UTF-16 Unicode string. If your transport doesn't support UTF-16, or if there is a more efficient encoding it can use, the transport can transcode the Envelope to another encoding [for HTTP it's transcoded to UTF-8]
HRESULT Receive([in, out] BSTR * characterEncoding, [out, retval] SAFEARRAY(BYTE) * Envelope);
Envelope This is the response returned by the server as a result of the original call to Send. This is returned as an array of bytes, and can be encoded in any encoding supported by the Expat XML parser (utf-8, utf-16, iso-8859-1, us-ascii).
characterEncoding In certain circumstances, the transport can override the encoding that the parse may decide from the payload. In this case the transport should set the characterEncoding value to the name of the encoding to use. Otherwise it should set the characterEncoding to an empty string. [HTTP transports compliant with RFC 2376 need this facility]
If the transport does not directly support request/response semantics, then it is upto the transport object to main corellation-Ids between the request and the expected response.
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