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Subject: Invitation to comment on Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) V1.0 - ends Sept. 21st

OASIS members and other interested parties,

OASIS and the OASIS Business Document Exchange (BDXR) TC [1] are pleased to announce that Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0 Committee Specification 02 is now available for public review and comment.

File or document headers have long been used to describe the information about a set of payloads in an entity that is kept separate and armâs-length from the payloads themselves. The Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) specifies an XML vocabulary expressing in machine-processable syntax the semantics of describing either a header to or an envelope of a set of payloads of content with information about that content.

XHE is modeled using the UN/CEFACT Core Component Technical Specification Version 2.01. Developed jointly by UN/CEFACT and OASIS, XHE is the successor to the UN/CEFACT Standard Business Document Header (SBDH) version 1.3 and the OASIS Business Document Envelope (BDE) version 1.1.

The TC has received # Statements of Use from 3 Statements of Use from the ph-xhe project, IBM, and Efact Â[3].

The candidate specification and related files are available here:

Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0
Committee Specification 02
05 September 2019

Editorial source (Authoritative):



XML schemas and models:




For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the specification document and any related files in ZIP distribution files. You can download the ZIP file at:

Public Review Period:

The 60-day public review starts immediately and ends 21 September 2020 at 23:59 UTC.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility as explained in the instructions located via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:


Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification.

OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

Additional information related to this public review can be found at http://docs.oasis-open.org/bdxr/xhe/v1.0/cs02/xhe-v1.0-cs02-public-review-metadata.html


[1] OASIS Business Document Exchange (BDXR) TC

[2] Approval ballot:

[3] Statements of Use:

- ph-xhe: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/bdxr/202006/msg00015.html

- IBM: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/bdxr/202006/msg00017.html

- Efact: https://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/bdxr/202006/msg00016.html

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/bdxr/ipr.php
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Chet Ensign
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OASIS: Advancing open source & open standards for the information society

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