Subject: Re: Trading Partner Logical Identification based on EDIFACT or X12qualifiers
Any individual company in the U.S., or even the world, is likely to have one of the identifiers supported by the EDIFACT UNB or X12 ISA receiver qualifiers. It doesn't matter which one, or ones, are used to identify a trading partner, as they are unique and (usually) unchanging. And you usually know your own numbers which you can share with your TPs. Even if you don't share them, they are easily discoverable, as I demonstrated with the DUNS. Some, like the DOD according to Mark Nobles, prefer their trading partners to identify themselves by a DUNS. But clearly, even the DOD can handle TPs who chose to identify themselves by SCAC, UCC Comm ID, or others. So, what provisions will ebXML have for addressing by common logical IDs? Ultimately, I want send a gob o' messages, each intended for a different recipient whom I only know by logical ID; how will the logical ID be transmogrified into whatever information is needed for transport over the internet (e.g., HTTP URLs, SMTP e-mail addresses, etc.). Is this a job for the repository? And no, I don't want to jack around at my end with URLs or e-mail addresses to correlate with logical ID. Further, how can X.509 Public key certificates be used to ensure that if someone says they're DUNS 895678912 that they really are? William J. Kammerer FORESIGHT Corp. 4950 Blazer Memorial Pkwy. Dublin, OH USA 43017-3305 +1 614 791-1600 Visit FORESIGHT Corp. at http://www.foresightcorp.com/ "Commerce for a New World"
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