I'm Mad as XML, and I'm Not Going to Take it Anymore!

The XML-weary take heart  a new forum for discussion provides support

Geneva and Boston  May 22, 2001  Has dealing in XML left you thoroughly confused and frustrated? Or maybe you're feeling really generous and just want to share your XML success with others. In either case, the United Nations Center for the Facilitation of Procedures and Practices for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/CEFACT) and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) today announced the formation of ebXML-DEV, a mail list for the ebXML development community.

Hosted by OASIS, ebXML-DEV provides an open forum for serious ebXML developers and those interested in implementing ebXML to share information and experiences. Today's announcement follows the recent ratification of the ebXML specifications, which facilitate trade between organizations regardless of size by enabling XML to be used in a consistent manner to exchange electronic business data.

Now that we've reached our milestone of developing ebXML, we want to support those involved in implementing the specifications, said Klaus-Dieter Naujok of IONA, which is a member of the UN/CEFACT Steering Committee. The ebXML-DEV mail list fosters the productive discussion of ebXML topics and provides a valuable resource for those seeing practical information.

Founded in 1993, OASIS, joined by UN/CEFACT and other member organizations, was created to develop guidelines for Internet-based language standards, which are largely relative depending on industry and businesses.

For more information about Internet-based languages and standards, see Tearing Down the Tower of Babel on page 32 of the June issue of iSource Business.