EDI standards group adopts XML

Related Links

"Mixed messages"

A lack of standardization has hampered those hoping to tap Extensible Markup Language's potential.

Organizations have struggled to implement the technology without standards, said Ralph Berwanger, vice chairman of the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, which develops electronic data interchange (EDI) standards. "There are untold numbers of [XML] documents doing the same business process, but they are not interoperable," he said.

ASC X12, however, is attempting to bring more order to XML. For more than 20 years, the organization has maintained a formal process for developing X12 EDI messages. Now it is setting up a similar structure for XML.

The committee recently approved a design reference model that provides the basics for building an XML business message. The group is soon expected to approve specific design rules that will provide guidance "on how to actually assemble an XML business message standard," according to an ASC X12 spokeswoman. Subcommittees will use the design reference model and rules to develop industry-specific XML messages.


  • 2018 Fed 100

    The 2018 Federal 100

    This year's Fed 100 winners show just how much committed and talented individuals can accomplish in federal IT. Read their profiles to learn more!

  • Census
    How tech can save money for 2020 census

    Trump campaign taps census question as a fund-raising tool

    A fundraising email for the Trump-Pence reelection campaign is trying to get supporters behind a controversial change to the census -- asking respondents whether or not they are U.S. citizens.

  • Cloud
    DOD cloud

    DOD's latest cloud moves leave plenty of questions

    Speculation is still swirling about the implications of the draft solicitation for JEDI -- and about why a separate agreement for cloud-migration services was scaled back so dramatically.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.