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----- Original Message -----
From: "David Burdett" <david.burdett@commerceone.com>
To: "David RR Webber" <Gnosis_@compuserve.com>; "Michael Champion"
Cc: "[unknown]" <ebXML-Transport@lists.oasis-open.org>; "[unknown]"
Sent: Monday, March 06, 2000 2:12 AM
> Generally I agree, but for ebXML Transport, I think that once we get a
> out, people like IBM, Sun, MS etc will quickly provide software libraries
> that make using ebXML style of messaging very easy. You will call an API
> it will generate the message in the correct format and manage its
> transmission to it's destination. For example how many people read the
> spec in order to work out how to generate HTTP messages compared with
> a library of software they can use off the shelf?

In the early days of HTTP, LOTS of people read the spec and implemented it
themselves in whatever language was handy.  Its simplicity greatly assisted
its widespread adoption.  You have to *sell* ebXML in a competitive
environment, so making it easy for book writers, consultants, Perl hackers,
etc. to understand ebXML will promote its widespread adoption.

More to the point, there are a lot of legacy systems out there that will
need the developers to wire in ebXML support rather than getting it from a
systems vendor.  There are a lot of languages and systems out there in
widespread use, far more permutations than MS/Sun/IBM/etc. find it
profitable to support.  I seriously doubt if MS will support ebXML on 16-bit
Windows or DOS, nor Sun support it on Sun OS, etc.; but these systems are
still on the job out there, especially outside North America.  As I
understand the objectives of ebXML, you can't just leave these folks out in
the cold until somebody comes up with an easy to use API for an orphan

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