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   Re: BizTalk.org Press Release

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  • From: "Carl Hage" <carl@chage.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 16:15:58 -0800

I don't understand why BizTalk was created. To me, this looks like 
a reinvention of email, but using XML tags and proprietary naming 
systems instead of RFC-822/MIME headers with the Internet 
DNS system for message exchange naming and routing.

>From my reading of the spec-- BizTalk is not just a repository-- it's 
a non-standard email scheme. All BizTalk XML documents require 
a wrapper analogous to RFC822 headers.

Rather than use a scheme incompatible with existing messaging 
systems, the IETF-EDI approach to utilizing existing Internet 
standards should be used to exchange XML messages with 
signatures and receipts. BizTalk, xml.org, etc. should be 
standardizing the message content (or really standardizing the way 
to _document_ the message definitions), not defining a new 
incompatible messaging infrastructure.
Carl Hage                                              C. Hage Associates
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<http://www.chage.com/chage/>                          Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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