Subject: Re: What do people really expect from ebXML? - Is CC really asetofLegos?
Duane: > If the person wants to use the stock messages, they don't even have to > go under to hood too much and tinker with the lego blocks (cc's). > I think you have hit the controversy on the head! CC has stated that they will not be developing 'stock messages'. From a modeling perspective this is o.k. CC can give us the common models - built from common components and let the industry groups (as they always have) develop their own messages. However, if we just have a bunch of loose legos (or components), it is difficult for those without the tools and imagination to build an aircraft carrier. We need a common address, contact information, date, etc. On the surface this looks easy but when you delve into the information, it is rather difficult. However, because of the flexibility of XML, we can develop a standard model. If my business processes deviate, I can tweak the model. Common naming conventions don't really matter because we can always transform internally or externally, however, as a group we need a common vocabulary for discussing these components within the group and to the population at large. These components can have a common identifier (not an XML id but a CDATA identifier) if desired. I don't see top executives sitting around the conference table discussing messages saying we will use CC number 1138574891a. Another thing about legos - weeks worth of work can be destroyed in a matter of minutes by a 2 year old. When this happens, it can pull families, as well as legos, apart. If you want to maintain the lego model for future generations, you have to use a touch of glue. I think we are already seeing this happen in the eBusiness, eCommerce world. The two year olds are ready to strike - or have already. Betty /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Betty Harvey | Phone: 410-787-9200 FAX: 9830 Electronic Commerce Connection, Inc. | email@example.com | Washington,DC SGML/XML Users Grp URL: http://www.eccnet.com | http://www.eccnet.com/xmlug/ /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\\/\/
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