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 FORESIGHT Corp. 4950 Blazer Memorial Pkwy. Dublin, OH USA 43017-3305 (614) 791-1600 Visit FORESIGHT Corp. at http://www.foresightcorp.com/ "Commerce for a New World"
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