Final ebXML Specs Announced

After 18 months, a consortium of tech companies (OASIS), including IBM, HP and Sun, and a United Nations organization (UN/CEFACT) have finalized Electronic Business XML (ebXML). ebXML is a modular suite of specifications that enables enterprises to conduct business over the Internet. Using ebXML, companies now have a standard method for exchanging business messages, conducting trading relationships, communicating data in common terms and defining and registering business processes. The ebXML initiative is one of several aimed at promoting eXtensible Markup Language (XML) as a business standard.

ebXML defines a common way for businesses to handle and route data. It also allows businesses in varying industries to define industry-specific XML vocabularies. The specifications are available online at the ebXML Web site.