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Subject: Invitation to comment on Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) v1.0 from the BDXR TC - ends November 17th

OASIS Members and other interested parties,

We are pleased to announce that Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0 CSD03 from the OASIS Business Document Exchange (BDXR) TC is now available for public review and comment. This is the fourth public review for this work.

The Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) specifies an XML vocabulary for expressing, in machine-processable syntax, the semantics of describing either a header to or an envelope for a set of payloads of content. This is distinct from any transport-layer infrastructure header or envelope that may be required to propagate documents from one system to another.

The metaphor of a paper envelope in which one places business documents for transport or management is an apt way to describe the role of an exchange header envelope. Concepts of routing, authentication, non-repudiation and concealment all apply in both the metaphor and the electronic equivalent.

XHE is developed jointly by UN/CEFACT and OASIS. It 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 vocabulary is modeled using the UN/CEFACT Core Component Technical Specification Version 2.01 [CCTS 2.01].

The documents and related files are available here:

Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0
Committee Specification Draft 03
07 October 2020

Editorial source (Authoritative):

Additional normative artifacts:

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

How to Provide Feedback

OASIS and the BDXR TC value your feedback. We solicit 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.

This public review starts on 03 November 2020 at 00:00 UTC and ends 17 November 2020 at 11:59 UTC.

Comments on the work may be submitted to the TC by following the instructions located at:


Feedback submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC is 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 the public review of these works, we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [1] applicable especially [2] 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 about this specification and the BDXR TC may be found on the TC's public home page:

Additional information related to this public review can be found in the public review metadata document [3].

========== Additional references:
[1] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[2] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/bdxr/ipr.php
Non-Assertion Mode

[3] Public review metadata document:
- https://docs.oasis-open.org/bdxr/xhe/v1.0/csd03/xhe-v1.0-csd03-public-review-metadata.html
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