Alexandria, Va

Alexandria, Va., January 17, 2002 - The ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 is hosting its second E-Business XML Cross-Industry Summit to foster XML convergence and interoperability on Jan. 22, 2002 in McLean, Va. This event is attracting a diverse mix of organizations interested in working together to expedite development, harmonization and implementation of XML specifications, and ultimately reduce costs by encouraging cooperative cross-industry efforts.

Attend this Summit to learn about:

- ASC X12's draft XML Design Rules, which identify best practices that define the creation of XML representations of standard business messages

- The XML Business Plan, crafted to drive cross-industry collaboration to stimulate XML development, harmonization and implementation within and across industries

- Registries of XML schemas and related information as a reference for standard developers and users

Please visit http://www.x12.org/summit/#preliminary to view the Summit agenda.

When: January 22, 2002, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Freddie Mac, 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Va. 22102-3110

Please contact Julia O'Brien at 703-837-6155 or jobrien@disa.org to RSVP for this event. For additional information on the Summit, please visit http://www.x12.org/summit/.

About ASC X12

The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, accredited by the American National Standards Institute and comprised of cross-industry representation, develops robust e-business exchange specifications and electronic data interchange standards that interact with a multitude of e-commerce technologies and serve as the premier tool for integrating electronic applications. Through standards setting and active participation in emerging and technically relevant initiatives, ASC X12 facilitates the effective exchange of electronic information. Propelling global e-business, ASC X12 serves as the entry point for the United States into the United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT), an international standard relating to the exchange of trade goods and services. To learn more about ASC X12, visit www.x12.org or call 703-837-6155.