• Subject: Re: XML Attributes
  • From: "L. S. Russell" <leslier@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 12:55:02 -0600
  • Organization: Datrek Professional Bags

That is what I was wondering.  X.12 works as well as anything, but it
would be so much nicer if all the mappings were consistant. 


Carl Galgano wrote:
> 
> I agree, BUT... that is the job of the EDI mapping software, to do the
> "reasoning".  Make all the data, regardless of how it looks on the input
> side, the same on the output side.  It is usually not the EDI systems that
> are flawed, but the application systems.  How does XML fix that?
> cjg
> 
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
> [mailto:owner-midrange-l@midrange.com]On Behalf Of L. S. Russell
> Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 10:44 AM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Re: XML Attributes
> 
> Good point, but the fact is that paper PO's are meant to be read by
> humans.  Humans, except for consultants, have the ability to reason or
> at the very least to call someone who is capable of reason.  A computer
> program doesn't have such luxury.  If a human sees 50 different styles
> of PO's a day he or she can figure out what the data means and what info
> is needed, any standards for paper PO's would only speed up the process
> but that is all.
> 
> On the other hand a program depends on the layout of the document in
> order to decide what the data is and what info it needs to collect.  The
> computer program has no life line, it can't call a buddy, poll the
> audience or ask for a 50/50.  So standards are essential if the
> documents are intended for use by software.
> 
> A document intended for humans eyes only can look like anything because
> a human can change its approach to the data, but a computer program
> can't -- it needs to see the same layout each time.
> 
> > never heard of EDI, do you all the paper POs from your customers look the
> > same?  Of course NOT.  one customer may send you a single PO with a single
> > ship to location, another may send you a single PO and at the detail level
> > of the PO order 10 widgets and have you ship 1 widget to 10 different
> > locations.  Do you dis the paper POs as not being "standard", of course
> NOT.
> > Some industries have attempted to create a subset implementation of an
> ANSI
> > x.12 document in order to speed implementation in a certain industry
> > segment.  Basically, the customer sets the rules for EDI and the vendor
> does
> > what ever it takes.  I don't see XML changing that at all.
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