Falls Church, VA, December 15, 2005 The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 released its first set of W3C-compliant XML schemas based on X12's Context Inspired Component Architecture (CICA). CICA is ASC X12's framework for developing international data exchange message formats using reusable syntax-neutral components.

Freely downloadable and available for runtime validation, these X12 XML schemas can be found at a new X12 web page schemas.X12.org - designed by Washington Publishing Company (WPC), the technology partner for ASC X12's secretariat Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA). The available X12 XML schemas follow:

Commercial Asset Visibility (CAV) Repair Item Receipt Notification, in the context of the U.S. Department of Defense CAV, communicates a repair contractor's receipt of an item (government-related)

Coverage Request conveys information on requester, policy, insured entity and vehicle (insurance-related)

Coverage Response provides a formal response to an insurance coverage request (insurance-related)

STP (straight-through processing) Payment with Remittance enables users to pay several open account receivable items with one payment (finance-related)

Transportation Status General Use communicates information on requester, shipment references, interested party, status, equipment, shipping unit and entity responsible for scheduling an event

"As ASC X12's reusable components continue to grow, so will our tools and solutions to ease the development of XML messages and their adoption in the international marketplace," said Michael C. Rawlins, Chairman of ASC X12 Communications and Controls Subcommittee, the technical arm of the committee.

Numerous additional XML messages are in development for both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) purposes.

"Traditionally ASC X12 has been strictly focused on B2B messages; now with our CICA system in place, we can bridge ASC X12's tremendous business vocabulary into solving the needs of the millions of small enterprises," said Daniel Kazzaz, Chairman of ASC X12.

ASC X12 is the only international cross-industry message development organization with experts in the areas of finance, government, insurance, supply chain and transportation. ASC X12 has the largest number of X12 EDI transactions sets - 315+ - that can be purchased via www.X12.org or www.DISA.org. ASC X12 members meet face-to-face three times per year to develop X12 standards, with the next meeting taking place February 5-10, 2006 in Seattle. Additional information on X12 EDI transaction sets and CICA messages can be found at www.X12.org.

About Accredited Standards Committee X12

The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, accredited by the American National Standards Institute and comprised of cross-industry representation, develops robust electronic exchange standards. X12 standards interact with a multitude of e-business technologies and serve as a premier tool for integrating electronic applications. With more than 2,500 individuals representing 360+ corporate members, ASC X12 facilitates the effective exchange of electronic information through standards-setting and active participation in emerging and technically relevant initiatives. To learn more about ASC X12, visit www.X12.org or call 703-970-4480.

About Data Interchange Standards Association

The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) is home for the development of cross-industry electronic business exchange standards that help individuals and organizations improve business processes, reduce costs, increase productivity and take advantage of new opportunities. Driving an array of e-business initiatives, DISA provides administrative and technical support to the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, and Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA). To learn more about DISA, visit www.DISA.org.

About Washington Publishing Company

Washington Publishing Company (WPC) specializes in products, services, and content related to managing and distributing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Extensible Markup Language (XML) information. WPC's solution offerings focus on helping organizations that use EDI and XML standards do so efficiently and accurately.