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Subject: Re: Bizcodes - was (Re: SubmissionPackage DTD)

Stuart Campbell has already more than adequately explained how the
UPC/EAN product codes are assigned.  I can't imagine why (in David RR
Webber's mind) it would be necessary for the UCC/EAN to keep track of
the individual product codes - 'approved' or not; the UCC/EAN national
organizations merely assign the company prefixes.  It's up to the
individual companies to make sure their own product code suffices are
uniquely defined.

This may or may not have been the first time David RR Webber has made
things up. Or perhaps David is thinking of outfits like QRS, which
"charge a consideration for" maintaining catalogs describing items
identified by UPC/EAN codes, so that retailers can obtain current
information on the products they carry. But QRS doesn't actually assign
the company prefixes, which is the important part of keeping the codes
distinct for each company.

Nonetheless, the UPC/EAN model would seem to be applicable even for
David's precious BizCodes - the prefixes would be assigned by David's
company to identify repositories (for lots of recurring revenue), and
the remainder of the code self-assigned by the named repository.  A fine
example of a distributed solution.

William J. Kammerer
4950 Blazer Memorial Pkwy.
Dublin, OH USA 43017-3305
(614) 791-1600

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