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Subject: RE: [ubl-dev] looking for practical examples

At 2009-02-16 09:19 -0500, Fulton Wilcox wrote:
>Have the 1,500 data elements been de-duped?

Yes, all items have unique Dictionary Entry Names (DEN).  Some 
element names are the same in different contexts, but the semantics 
are all unique and there are no duplicate semantic elements.

>In not, perhaps a de-duping
>exercise could be done. Is there a handy list?

The Crane-UBL2Report-All-EN.html report found in:


... has all of the tables in a single HTML file, all 
hyperlinked.  This reports a total of 1972 BIEs, each with a unique DEN.

>Apart from dupes, a 1,500 term vocabulary does not seem excessive for the
>eBusiness B2B cycle.

So I've learned listening to the debates in the UBL Procurement Subcommittee.

>The ideal design for a transaction-oriented environment such as UBL is one
>"document" per action verb (e.g., to buy, to ship, to receive, to invoice,
>to pay, etc.). Presumably UBL configuration tools can help users check off
>the fields available and relevant to the transaction.

Absolutely ... here is a screen shot of our UBL subset customization 
tool .. figure 14:


Each of the columns at the left are profiles, those with grey cells 
cannot be changed, the white cells are defined and ready to export as 
UBL schemas, the yellow cells are undefined profiles (more profiles 
can be added).  When the user clicks on the down arrow, only the 
allowed new cardinality values are made available to choose 
from.  You can see the cardinality for ID cannot be changed, but the 
cardinality for Note has one of six values:  blank, 0, 0..1, 0..n, 1, 
1 and 1..n.  The blank value gives flexibility if the user specifies 
a "strict customization" (blank cardinality cells are not included) 
or a "permitted customization" (blank cardinality cells are 
included).  The value of 0 indicates the item is not in either a 
strict or permitted customization.  If the original cardinality is, 
say, 0..1, then the only options to the user are blank, 0, 0..1 and 
1.  Minimums can be increased and maximums can be decreased.

The definition of profile properties is shown in figure 12:


The specification of which document types are in each profile is 
shown in figure 13:


I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . . . . . Ken

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