Sunday, January 19, 2003

What's an Invoice?

OASIS to preview XML system for standard business documents ""An analyst, however, said he doubted OASIS would succeed in providing standard forms for business. "How can hospitals and manufacturing firms and aerospace industries all share the same notion of an invoice?" asked Ronald Schmelzer, analyst at ZapThink in Waltham, Mass.

"Even if they all adopt the core business language, they're going to have different extensions on it," Schmelzer said. "I don't think this is going to be any magic pill," for getting documents to agree with each other, he added.

Schmelzer said he favored a concept known as the semantic Web, which would have computers are more intelligent in understanding semantics.""
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