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Subject: [ubl-comment] UBL samples and stylesheets available


   Supplementary materials to aid in the prototyping of UBL
   applications have been released in an updated UBL 0p70 review
   package.  The updated package can be found at


   A zip file containing the entire updated review set packaged
   for local installation can be downloaded from


   In addition to the data modeling spreadsheets, XML schemas,
   ASN.1 specifications, and UML diagrams included in the UBL 0p70
   review package announced 27 January 2003, the updated package
   now includes UBL instance documents for two representative
   trading scenarios.  Stylesheets and sample documents are also
   available to demonstrate document presentation using the UN
   Layout Key.  The spreadsheets, schemas, ASN.1 specifications,
   and UML diagrams released earlier are unchanged, and the
   downloadable set has been designed to install directly into an
   installation of the set previously released (all previously
   installed files can be overwritten).


   The basic UBL trading cycle described in Section 5.3 of the
   0p70 review package, "UBL v0p70 Trading Cycle Scenario," has
   now been illustrated in a new Section 5 of Annex D, "Other
   Document Samples."  The sample instances show five of the seven
   standard UBL documents (Order, Simple Order Response, Complex
   Order Response, Despatch Advice, and Invoice) being used to
   support the UBL trading cycle in two specific business
   contexts: ordering office supplies and ordering building
   materials.  The sample instances are accompanied by a narrative
   scenario and UML diagram to describe the context and business
   processes involved in each case.


   Section D.4 of the 0p70 review package, "Formatting
   specifications and stylesheets," has now been filled out with
   XSL-FO and XSLT stylesheets that render instance documents by
   means of print formatters and web browsers for the two example
   business contexts.  Also included are early prototypes towards
   layouts conformant to the United Nations Layout Key for printed
   forms. The stylesheets are intended to serve as starting points
   for UBL prototype applications and as illustrations of the
   alignment between the electronic specifications provided by the
   UBL schemas and the printed forms currently used in
   international trade.


   As works in progress, the materials in the Library Content 0p70
   Public Review package do not yet have the status of an OASIS
   Standard or an OASIS Committee Specification.  The construction
   of experimental prototypes based on these materials is
   encouraged for the purpose of generating input back to the
   committee process, but implementers are strongly advised
   against basing commercial or mission-critical applications on
   the draft specifications.

   This supplementary release completes the UBL 0p70 review
   package.  Extended examples, further sample document instances,
   and other items related to prototype implementations will be
   posted separately as these are developed by or submitted to the
   UBL TC.  Please monitor the ubl-comment list (see instructions
   below) for notices of such additional materials as they become


   The OASIS UBL Library Content Subcommittee invites interested
   parties to comment on this release directly to the Library
   Content Subcommittee Editor, Bill Meadows
   (bill.meadows@sun.com), using the recommended feedback form at


   This release comment period applies from Monday 27 January 2003
   through Monday 14 April 2003. We welcome all comments and will
   ensure to advise of our dispositions to any suggestions.

   The work of the OASIS UBL Technical Committee is open to public
   view through the mail archives linked from the UBL home page:


   Formal input to UBL from industry data exchange organizations
   is provided through the UBL Liaison Subcommittee:


   Input from the general public regarding the UBL initiative is
   accepted through the ubl-comment mail list:


   Interested parties are invited to observe and comment upon the
   work of the UBL TC by subscribing to the ubl-comment list using
   the OASIS list manager:


Jon Bosak
Chair, OASIS Universal Business Language Technical Committee

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