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Subject: Invitation to comment on Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0 - ends 11 April

OASIS members and other interested parties,

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

The Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) has been developed jointly by UN/CEFACT and OASIS as the successor to the UN/CEFACT Standard Business Document Header (SBDH) version 1.3 and the OASIS Business Document Envelope (BDE) Version 1.1.

XHE defines a business-oriented artefact either referencing (as a header) or containing (as an envelope) a payload of one or more business documents or other artefacts with supplemental semantic information about the collection of payloads as a whole. An exchange header envelope describes contextual information important to the sender and receiver about the payloads, without having to modify the payloads in any fashion. This vocabulary is modeled using the UN/CEFACT Core Component Technical Specification Version 2.01.

The TC received 4 Statements of Use from IBM, ph-xhe open source project, Chasquis Consulting, and Efact [3].

The Committee Specification and related files are available here:

Exchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0
Committee Specification 03
13 December 2020

Editorial source (Authoritative)



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 11 February 2021 at 00:00 UTCand ends 11 April 2021 at 23:59 UTC.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicts 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 âExchange Header Envelope (XHE) Version 1.0,â 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/cs03/xhe-v1.0-cs03-public-review-metadata.html

Additional information

[1] OASIS Business Document Exchange (BDXR) TC

[2] Approval ballot:

[3] Statements of Use:

- IBM:

- ph-xhe open source project:

- Chasquis Consulting:

- Efact:

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

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/bdxr/ipr.php
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