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Public review of OASIS Context/value association using genericode

Fellow XML-Dev'ers,

OASIS has opened a 60-day public review of the new context/value 
association for genericode file format:


Comments are most welcome and are sent to:


Code lists and identifier lists are examples of controlled 
vocabularies of values (e.g. currency codes, country codes, product 
identifiers, etc.)

For some communities of users (e.g. those with business-oriented XML 
documents) the management of controlled vocabularies presents 
particular challenges for document modeling.  While communities may 
standardize document structures, trading partners within the 
community have their own constraints that may change on an hourly 
basis yet must work within the community framework.

List-level and value-level metadata for controlled vocabularies are 
managed using the OASIS genericode file format, published in 2007:


For data entry by the sender, the appropriate lists of values and 
mechanisms for disambiguation need to be well-defined for the proper 
semantics to be represented.  For validation by the receiver, the 
same lists and disambiguation ensures the proper semantics are 
interpreted.  That disambiguation is done through attributes or 
elements associated with the controlled vocabulary information 
items.  Simple schema language enumerations are insufficient to the 
task of associating instance-level metadata and the extension and 
restriction of controlled vocabularies to meet business needs.

Instance-level metadata for the application of controlled 
vocabularies to XML document structures is expressed using the OASIS 
context/value association using genericode specification being 
announced for public review.

The members of the committee look forward to any comments you may 
have on the file format itself, sent through the formal OASIS 
channels (any comments on the validation or visualization or training 
cited below are to be sent to me privately please).

Thank you!

. . . . . . . . . . . Ken
Chairman, OASIS Code List Representation Technical Committee

cc: CLR-Dev, UBL-Dev, XML-Dev

p.s. A Schematron-based implementation of OASIS context/value 
association is freely available to experiment with or deploy these 
file formats for validation:


Visualization stylesheets for these file formats are freely available:


p.p.s. A full-day hands-on training class on both these file formats 
is being commercially offered in Copenhagen this coming Tuesday, 
please see here for details:


Upcoming: hands-on code list, UBL, XSLT, XQuery and XSL-FO classes
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