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Subject: Re: BSR - the Basic Semantic Register
Martin Bryan was glad that I not only enjoyed his paper, but that I also found it despite his typo in the URL. Martin may rest assured that I regard his site - The SGML Centre - as one of my favorites and have bookmarked http://www.sgml.u-net.com/, whence I found the paper via the "Helpful Papers" link. But Martin asks "If BSR is only available to paying customers should ebXML adopt it as its base?" The BSR standard does seem pricey at around $70, but it would probably only be needed by ebXML software developers, if at all. Actually, the standard itself, ISO/TS 16668:2000 Basic Semantics Register (BSR) - Rules, Guidelines and Methodology, just describes the process for building the names, which Martin has probably already figured out. The valuable part is the Proposed BSR content, including the Semantic components and the Semantic Units, freely available at http://forum.afnor.fr/afnor/WORK/AFNOR/GPN2/TC154WG1/. Also check out the stuff at the BSR Consortium, at http://www.ubsr.org/. All the ISO standards cost money, but that hasn't kept us from using others, like ISO/IEC 11179 Specification and standardization of data elements, ISO 8601:1988 Representations of dates and times, ISO 3166 Country Codes, ISO 6093:1985 Representation of numerical values in character strings, ISO 5218:1977 Representation of Human Sexes, ISO 639-2 language code, and ISO 4217 3-Letter Alphabetic Currency Code. We've talked about these enough in the past - and most of the coded lists are free at their respective Registration Authorities. To find some of them, go to http://www.foresightcorp.com/, and click on "Resources," then "Code Lists" for a list of External Code Lists used in EDI. Even EDIFACT relies on ISO 9735 for describing its syntax and control structures. And the ISO 6523 ICDs, which I've talked about in TR&P, are free. As are the S.W.I.F.T. BICs, based on the ISO 9362 Bank Identifier Code. If the standard is not free, usually the important things we want are: the codes and their formats. Never pay retail. William J. Kammerer FORESIGHT Corp. 4950 Blazer Memorial Pkwy. Dublin, OH USA 43017-3305 +1 614 791-1600 Visit FORESIGHT Corp. at http://www.foresightcorp.com/ "Commerce for a New World"
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