The World Wide Web(WWW) Consortium (W3C) is actively pursuing standardization of Web service protocols. In September 2000, the W3C established an XML Protocol Activity. The goal of the group is to establish a formal standard for SOAP. A draft version of SOAP 1.2 is currently under review and progressing through the official W3C recommendation process.
On 01/25/2002, the W3C also announced the formation of a Web Service Activity. This new activity will include the current SOAP work as well as two new groups. The first new group is the Web Services Description Working Group which will take up work on WSDL and the second new group is the Web Services Architecture Working Group, which will attempt to create a cohesive framework for Web service protocols.