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Subject: OASIS ebXML Messaging Services Version 3.0: Part 2, Advanced Features approved as a Committee Specification

OASIS Members,

We are pleased to announce the approval of an OASIS Committee Specification (CS) by the members of the OASIS ebXML Messaging Services TC:

   OASIS ebXML Messaging Services Version 3.0: Part 2, Advanced Features
   Committee Specification 01
   19 May 2011

The ebXML Messaging Services V3.0: Part 2, Advanced Features specification complements the ebMS 3.0 Core Specification by specifying advanced messaging functionality for message service configuration, message bundling, messaging across intermediaries (multi-hop) and transfer of (compressed) messages as series of smaller message fragments.

The main function of intermediaries as defined in this specification is to provide message routing and forwarding based on standardized SOAP message headers, allowing a sending MSH to ignore the ultimate message destination and abstract away from lower-level transport parameters such as the URL of the ultimate receiving MSH and message exchange pattern bindings. The intermediary functionality defined here supports message relaying across segmented networks, synchronous and asynchronous bindings and both active (push) and passive (pull message stores) forwarding styles. Multi-hop paths may consist of any number of intermediaries. 

TC Co-Chairs Makesh Rao and Sander Fieten thanked Ian Jones, the previous Chair of the TC, for bringing the specification to this milestone. "Ian provided terrific leadership and enthusiasm to the work of the TC," said Rao. "He deserves a lot of credit for this accomplishment." Fieten added, "We are fortunate to take over as Co-Chairs from Ian. He has left the TC well positioned for ongoing success in its work." 

The prose specification document and related files are available here:

Editable Source:



XSD Schemas and RDDL:

Distribution ZIP files
Entire specification: 


Members of the OASIS ebXML Messaging Services TC [1] requested a Special Majority Vote to approve this specification as a Committee Specification. The specification had been released for public review as required by the TC Process [2]. The vote to approve at Committee Specification (CS) level passed [3], and the approved CS 01 is now available online in the OASIS Library as referenced above.

Our congratulations to the TC on achieving this milestone. 

Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration 
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

========== Additional references:

[1] OASIS ebXML Messaging Services TC

[2] Public review and CS approval
    15-day Public Review: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/ebxml-msg/201104/msg00000.html
    60-day Public Review: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/201008/msg00003.html 

[3] CS ballot

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