Subject: Re: Registry concern with specifying common vertical structures
There's a big storm brewin' over in Reg Rep about the PostalAddress structure in the ebXML Registry. Philip Goatly thinks it's too U.S. centric. Robert Adams asked if "there [isn't] an ISO standard for postal addresses [in the ebXML Registry]? Shouldn't that be the one specified?" Philip Goatly suggested looking at EDIFACT. And Karl F. Best says to take a look-see at the Customer Information Quality (CIQ) OASIS technical committee. But Farrukh Najmi said "[Registry needs] something now. I would be happy to discuss changes but we cannot leave this to CC since I believe we need to depend on these definitions within our model." Actually - believe it or not - there is an international standard dealing with Postal addressing - called ISO 11180:1993 Postal addressing, in fact. This is the responsibility of ISO Technical Committee (TC) 154, of which our own Mary Kay Blantz is the U.S. TAG Chair. In the U.S. TAG, we periodically come across odd-ball standards and have a good laugh over them. Hopefully, that won't happen to ebXML Now over to you, Mary Kay.... This problem of addressing has been examined repeatedly by everybody and his brother, and it's too bad it hasn't been any better standardized. The W3C Working Draft of the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P), at http://www.w3.org/TR/P3P/, in Section 188.8.131.52 (Postal) describes a simple structure for postal mailing addresses. And hey - it's a W3C recommendation. If you can't beat them - join them! P3P gets around the U.S. centric "State" by calling it "stateprov." William J. Kammerer FORESIGHT Corp. 4950 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH USA 43017-3305 +1 614 791-1600 Visit FORESIGHT Corp. at http://www.foresightcorp.com/ "accelerating time-to-trade"
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