We are in fact developing XML wrappers for ASC x12n strings as required by
hipaa. However we are just doing this to allow us manage our internal
storage of data. The electronic data is not sent as XML but as an ASC x12
deliniated character stream. The responses come back to us in the same form
and are then rewrapped in XML.
As the writter pointed out though the important thing is for everyone to
speak the same language whether it be a dialect of XML or an ASCII stream.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Crawford" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 9:24 AM
Subject: Re: Is it as bad as this? Comments please.
> John E. Simpson wrote -
> >Vocabulary inconsistencies don't strike me as a killer, either. >BizTalk
> vs.Rosettanet vs. xCBL etc.: bleeagh. That's what XSLT is >for.
> If you are interested in using XML as a single consistent data markup
> eBusiness, then vocabulary inconsistencies should scare you right down to
> core. XSLT can only transform what is there, it can't manufacture
> information that one or another XML Business Standard does not support.
> by the way, just how many transformations can you support. My client has
> million trading partners in just about every vertical business in
> Any idea on how to: 1) handle that many transformations; 2) develop
> with sufficient flexibility to support the possible combinations and
> permutations of mandatory/optional data that is sure to arise; and 3)
> the various syntax extensions that are part of the competing standards you
> mention. And oh by the way, just what does inconsistent vocabulary do to
> promise of XML enabled searching/shopping?
> the boon of XML is its extensibility. The bane of XML is its
> don't care one bit what your vocabulary is if you are using XML in human
> computer, or if you are only using it within your firewall, but if you are
> it in eBusiness computer to computer then the only way XML will ever
> if cross-industry business standards are developed. Rosettanet, OASIS,
> ANSI ASC X12, and UN/EDIFACT are working this angle. If and when any of
> succeed, and XML really delivers on its promise for eBusiness, has yet to
> determined. I for one sincerely hope they do, because I see XML as the
> use a single consistent technology to create both internal and external
> Mark Crawford
> Research Fellow
> E-business Strategies
> LMI Logistics Management Institute
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