How ebXML turns EDI processes into XML

The evolving Electronic Business using Extensible Markup Language standard can move existing electronic data interchange processes to an XML framework.

Two organizations that do business with each other can swap ebXML interface specifications and business terms, storing them in registries. EbXML also can smooth the way to agreements on security, transport and encoding protocols:
  • The Collaboration Protocol Profile and Agreement defines mutually accepted business arrangements.

  • The Messaging Service Specification defines the parties' messaging protocols.

  • The Business Process Schema sets constraints on predefined transactions, such as sales tax calculations.

For more information, check out the ebXML Technical Architecture Specification 1.0.4 by going to and entering 179 in the box.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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