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  • From: Nick Laqua <nick.laqua@newtron.net>
  • To: 'Michael Brennan' <Michael_Brennan@Allegis.com>,'Kevin Jones' <kevin.jones@xmls.com>,"XML Dev List (E-mail)" <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 09:48:38 +0100

Are you aware of the fact that CommerceOne published the newest version
of xCBL (3.0) yesterday ?

It's mentioned that they built it doing a thorough analysis of industry
standards, e.g. RosettaNet and will provide mappings for it as well. It
is also said that they working together with the ebXML initiative.

Beside that, if I am not mistaken, RosettaNet is aimed at processes in
the IT industry while xCBL tries to define business documents in a
sector neutral way.


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Brennan [mailto:Michael_Brennan@Allegis.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 11:28 PM
To: 'Kevin Jones'; XML Dev List (E-mail)
Subject: RE: Future of XML Standards

The W3C currently has an XML Protocol activity that has just started. It
using SOAP 1.1 as it's starting point for discussion. The goal is to
establish a minimalistic XML protocol (XP) that can be a suitable
for other XML messaging standards. ebXML is collaborating with that
initiative. A future version of ebXML will most likely be layered on top
XP, and future versions of RosettaNet standards are likely to be layered
top of ebXML. (ebXML is horizontal; RosettaNet is more oriented toward
vertical standards.)

XML Schema appears pretty certain to be a core foundation for standards
specifying message formats. It will displace DTDs and "proprietary"
languages such as XDR and SOX.

UDDI is in the forefront of defining service description and discovery
mechanisms. They have put forth WSDL as a service description language.
have also pledged to submit their work to appropriate standards bodies
some future point. It remains to be seen how their work will ultimately
into standardization efforts; but for now, they seem likely to set the
facto standards for service discovery and description.

I don't know where xCBL and cXML fit into this. My guess is they (or
equivalents) will be subsumed into RosettaNet efforts.

Of course, there can always be surprises along the way, and it can be
dangerous to predict exactly how it will all play out. It will all take
few years to settle out (for instance, the targeted delivery date for XP
April 2002).

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kevin Jones [mailto:kevin.jones@xmls.com]
> Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 1:42 PM
> To: XML Dev List (E-mail)
> Subject: Future of XML Standards
> This may be too vague, but can anyone offer a quick high 
> level overview of
> what the future of such standards as ebXML, xCBL, cXML, and 
> RosettaNet looks
> like?
> Thanks for your time.
> KJ


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