Alexandria, Va

Alexandria, Va., May 13, 2002 - The ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 is extending its meeting venue to host the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) Technical Committee meeting June 3-7 in Minneapolis, Minn. This setting provides essential liaison activity between ASC X12, which develops e-business data exchange standards in X12 and Extensible Markup Language (XML) formats, and UBL, which creates standard XML schemas for business documents.

"ASC X12 and the UBL technical committee share the common goal of establishing global e-business standards that bring interoperability to organizations around the world," said David Barkley, ASC X12 Chair and Director of eCommerce Relations at Freddie Mac. "Uniting this wealth of business and technical expertise fosters collaboration on XML vocabulary development across all industries."

Enabling cross-industry e-business standards interoperability, ASC X12 is hosting its inaugural Convergence and Outreach Task Group to facilitate collaboration with the multitude of industry groups, such as UBL, developing XML specifications. Complementing this initiative, ASC X12 is also working diligently on crafting XML design rules and processes for developing, approving and maintaining XML standards. The latest draft of the XML design rules can be viewed at http://www.x12.org/x12org/xml-design-rules_V4_draft.PDF.

The OASIS UBL Technical Committee is developing a standard library of XML business documents and designing context-specific business schemas through the application of transformation rules to the common UBL source library. UBL is intended to become an international standard for electronic commerce freely available to everyone without licensing or other fees.

To register for the UBL meeting, visit http://www.x12.org/x12org/meetings/pdfs/ubl_reg.pdf. To register for the ASC X12 meeting, visit http://www.x12.org/x12org/meetings/x12trimt/reg_062002.pdf.

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 http://www.x12.org/ or call 703-837-6155.

About the OASIS UBL Technical Committee

OASIS - Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards - (www.oasis-open.org), a not-for-profit global consortium, drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. OASIS and the United Nations jointly sponsor ebXML, a global framework for e-business data exchange. OASIS operates XML.org, a community clearinghouse for XML application schemas, and it hosts The XML Cover Pages, an online reference collection for interoperable markup language standards.

The OASIS UBL (Universal Business Language) Technical Committee is an open, publicly accountable initiative to define a common XML library for basic business documents such as purchase orders, invoices, and shipping notices. UBL provides a standard set of XML building blocks together with a framework that will enable trading partners to unambiguously identify and exchange basic e-commerce documents in specific business contexts. For additional information on UBL, visit http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/.