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Subject: RE: To get things started....
>> Every mailing list needs some inaugural messages to get things started. >> Attached is information re: the Joint EWG/X12 core component work >> scheduled for St. Louis the week of June 4th. > > What: Joint Core Component Development Effort > When: June 3 - 8, 2001 > Where: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA > > Objective: > UN/EDIFACT and ANSI ASC X12 join forces to prepare a common language > through development of a single set of ebXML compliant core > components. This single set of core components will be the basis for > future developments with the new and emerging technologies. In the > spirit of the United Nations, the initiative will allow developing > and transition economies to afford global, cross-industry, electronic > commerce standards. I urge the EWG to accord a high priority to publishing a common horizontal set of components at an early date. This should include all party, product, location, contact and other aggregates necessary for the 30 million small and medium businesses (SMB's) in the US to begin automating their bookkeeping. The ongoing cost of printing and mailing paper checks, and altogether unreconciled bookkeeping mess are a national disgrace, running well above $100 billion/year. The EWG has a duty to improve this situation urgently, or stand down and stop confusing the marketplace with vaporous product announcements. I urge the EWG to avoid any complex, theoretical context mechanisms for this common horizontal vocabulary. It should be loaded straight into the Registry and published together with a rich set of examples and documentation. Small business software in the U.S. is quite mature and works very well within vocabularies below 400 elements, exemplified by QBXML or SMBXML. The common horizontal vocabulary should be allowed to go forward immediately, rather than being needlessly delayed by issues unrelated to the SMB's. Todd Boyle CPA Kirkland WA
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