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  • From: "Anton Schoultz - ePOS" <antons@epos.co.za>
  • To: "XML-DEV LIST" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 09:11:58 +0200

>Hi all.
>What are EDIFACT tags? please specify ansy site.
>Can EDIFACT tags be converted to self describing tags.
>Please give me details.

Hi Alan,

EDIFACT (actually UN/EDIFACT see later) is an EDI standard, which conveys
information in pre-determined 'segments'. The segments each have a segment
'tag' (not to be confused with xml-tags!) which acts as a record ID.

These segments are NOT self defining, a big part of getting EDIFACT to work
is the 'dictionary' of segments.

You could think of UN/EDIFACT as being a *slightly* smarter form of a CSV
file, with delimited fields and sub-fields.

You could convert UN/EDIFACT to xml style tags and DTD's - search for 'XML
or try http://www.geocities.com/WallStreet/Floor/5815/guide.htm

Hope this sheds some light...

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