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NOTE: All information within this document is subject to change until further notice.

The RAP Protocol is the JSON-based format used within the HTTP-Requests from a RAP-client to a RAP-server. Compared with the previously used JavaScript and HTTP-fields based communication it will provide a number of advantages:

  • It allowes to move all client-specific code from the server to the client.
  • It produces human readable messages, easing debugging.
  • It allowes the client to create more informative error messages.
  • It allowes to replace either ends as long as they process and create valid RAP-protocol messages.
  • It allowes to add client-independent client-side scripting.

The protocol is currently beeing developed in CVS HEAD. Server-to-Client communication is completed for all RWT-Widgets and will be part of the 1.5 release. Client-to-Server communication will possibly be implemented after 1.5.

Protocol Format

The protocol is based on the JSON fromat as described here: [ ]


There has to be exactly one message per request and one per response. (May differ while in development.)

  "meta" : Meta,
  "operations" : [ Operation* ]


  "requestCounter" : <integer number>


One of the following types:

  CreateOperation | SetOperation | DestroyOperation | CallOperation | ListenOperation

Operations are processed in the order of their appearance in the message. Unkown operations will be ignored.


  "action" : "create",
  "target" : <target id as string>,
  "type" : String rwt-type,
  "properties" : CreateProperties


  "action" : "set",
  "target" : <target id as string>,
  "properties" : SetProperties


  "action" : "destroy",
  "target" : <target id as string>


  "action" : "call",
  "target" : <target id as string>,
  "method" : <method name as string>,
  "properties" : CallProperties


  "action" : "listen",
  "target" : <target id as string>,
  "properties" : ListenProperties

Data Type Reference

In addition to the datatypes recognized by JSON itself, the RAP protocol also uses these composed types:


[ int left, int top, int witdh, int height ]

Note that left and top may be negative. No value may be null.


[ int red, int green, int blue, int alpha ]

All values are to be between 0 and 255. The alpha value may be ignored by the client unless its 0.


[ String url, int width, int height ] | null


[ Color[] colors, int[] stops, boolean verticalFlag ] | null

The number of colors must match the number of stops. Each stop is a value between 0 and 1, and has to be equal or higher then the previous stop.

Object Type Reference

Server and JavaScript-Client API

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