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Announce: UBL Book - "Practical Universal Business Language Deployment" First Edition now available

For those interested in UBL, below is an announcement for a new book 
that is now available for sale based on our instructor-led training class.

Please ask any questions or send any feedback, comments and 
suggestions regarding the publication to us off-list.

Thanks!  We hope you find this useful.

. . . . . . . . . . Ken

cc: UBL-Dev, XML-Dev

I'm very pleased to announce the immediate availability of the first 
edition of our new book!  The commercial PDF publication titled 
"Practical Universal Business Language Deployment" is now available 
for sale on Crane's web site:

   Practical Universal Business Language Deployment
   First Edition - 2006-12-18 - ISBN 978-1-894049-16-0
   Copyright (c) 2006 Crane Softwrights Ltd.
   / 188 Pages / Subscription price includes no-charge updates, /
   /           / soft-copy of support files, and an accessible  /
   /           / rendition and 10 PDF renditions.               /
   /           / No-charge 54-page download preview excerpt.    /

The Universal Business Language (UBL) is a publicly-available and 
royalty-free XML vocabulary for 31 business documents such as 
purchase order, invoice, statement, etc.:


The full-page-sized PDF files are hypertexts to a number of useful 
pages on the Internet including subdirectories of the OASIS UBL 2.0 
package.  Note that the half-page-sized PDF files are suitable for 
printing and do not contain hyperlinks.

In the accessible HTML rendition all of the diagrams have prose 
descriptions that are not included in the PDF files.  This rendition 
presents all information in a monospace font with numeric indications 
of indentation suitable for tactile screen reading devices.

This is the third time that Crane Softwrights Ltd. has followed the 
publishing model of starting a first edition book with the handouts 
from a training class, missing some features found in other 
books.  Then over the months and years we add more and more to the 
book to exceed the capacities of use in a classroom environment.  Our 
XSLT book is in its 12th edition after 7 years.  Our XSL-FO book is 
in its 6th edition after 5 years.  Customers who have purchased any 
edition of a given book have been receiving free updates of that book 
and will continue to do so.

Expected in future editions of this UBL book:
  - add an index (empty in the first edition)
  - flesh out multiple modules on controlled vocabularies (code lists 
and identifiers)
    - genericode data model
    - context/value association files for extending and restricting code lists
  - flesh out multiple modules on customization
    - creating schemas for a subset
    - writing schemas for the extension point
  - respond to customer feedback regarding which sections need more information

The reason the first edition of any of our books is released in a 
slightly incomplete fashion is to garner feedback.  Our book 
customers and our classroom students have been our best sources for 
information and guidance in the revising of our other books, and we 
anticipate the same will be true for this UBL book.  Customers have 
appreciated their suggestions getting incorporated into the book to 
make revisions of the book more useful to their tasks.  And there is 
no penalty for buying an early edition as all subsequent editions are 
available at no charge.  In the early days we will probably have new 
editions every two to four months.

We want this to become an indispensable resource for you and you can 
help us make that by telling us what you need to see in the book.

For downloading the free excerpt preview and for information on 
buying a copy of this PDF book, please follow the link in our trailer 
below and click on the "Books & free excerpts" link in the right-hand 
marginalia.  For information on scheduled deliveries of the hands-on 
training class, click on the "Training schedule and course syllabi" link.

Please ask any questions or send any feedback, comments and 
suggestions regarding the publication to us off-list.

World-wide corporate, govt. & user group XML, XSL and UBL training
G. Ken Holman                 mailto:gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com
Crane Softwrights Ltd.          http://www.CraneSoftwrights.com/x/
Box 266, Kars, Ontario CANADA K0A-2E0    +1(613)489-0999 (F:-0995)
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