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Subject: Re: Representation Types Alternatives - Or Should Discussion be Tabled?
Stuart Campbell and Mike Rawlins agree that it's a minor issue whether underlying code sets and standards ebXML is dependent upon are free, and that such discussion can be deferred. Apparently it only detracts from discussions on representation types, which Mike thinks "is a fundamental issue that needs to be resolved in whatever is approved for Vienna." Perhaps discussion on free codes should not be carried on under the subject of "Representation Types Alternatives," which is why I renamed it "Dear Prudence: Do I have to pay for codes??" But both threads can be carried on concurrently without causing overload. The topic was important to Todd Boyle and Dave Welsh. I think Messrs. Boyle and Welsh may be worrying too much about "free" standards. But nevertheless, simple courtesy should be extended our colleagues so they aren't the least hesitant in broaching subjects germane to e-business standards and core components. Calls for tabling discussion, though, sometime provide valuable insight into where the ebXML specifications are headed. I can remember demands that discussion re: SOAP be terminated forthwith on the TR&P list - and lo and behold, we end up surprised by SOAP at Vancouver!. The same thing happened with UDDI, where all discussion of the subject was tabled in Reg Rep - so I suspect the ebXML Registry will incorporate UDDI real soon, to be fobbed on us by surprise at Vienna. Though there is never enough bandwidth or mailbox space to accommodate UDDI or SOAP (or Dave's and Todd's questions on "free" standards), there's plenty to go around for the chit chat which would better be handled by phone or private e-mail: my all time favorite is at http://lists.ebxml.org/archives/ebxml-transport/200104/msg00001.html. 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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