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   Re: Babel (again) or standard taqs and aliases (UDEF, Bizcodes)

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  • From: "KenNorth" <KenNorth@email.msn.com>
  • To: "W. E. Perry" <wperry@fiduciary.com>, <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 00:03:43 -0700

< The economic incentives to do so lie in the advantages of
cartelization. >
< If, one by one, newcomers can be constrained to doing business only in the
forms prescribed by the pre-ordained vocabulary, they can be bullied by the
other players into accepting cartel discipline. This is not in the larger
interest of any of us. The promise of B2B is doing business on a
peer-to-peer basis
with anyone capable, on any occasion, of taking the other side of a trade.>

Doing B2B according to prescribed forms has been the status quo among large
companies and their suppliers for a couple of decades. It's history, not a
practice being introduced by ebXML and BizTalk. Long before the W3C released
the XML spec, the largest corporations defined B2B standards and transaction
sets used by their trading partners. Something like 95% of the Global 1000
use Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) systems.

Because EDI isn't cheap, trading groups consist of partners who can afford
the technology and the infrastructure it requires. The cost has been a
barrier to entry for smaller companies. That's been one of the motivations
behind initiatives such as ebXML and BizTalk. The technology at the core of
those efforts (XML and the Internet) enables a smaller player to

P.S. This panel discussion might be of interest. You'll hear Bill Smith
(OASIS), Dan Rogers (BizTalk), Bruce Peat (XML/EDI) and others discuss this


================== Ken North =============================
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