IBM Selects XML.ORG for Vendor-Neutral Standardization of tpaML XML B-2-B Transaction Specification

XML.ORG, Sponsored by OASIS, Facilitates New Standard for E-Contracts

Boston, MA; January 31, 2000 - OASIS, the vendor-neutral
organization for XML interoperability, announced that IBM
has submitted its Trading Partner Agreement Markup Language
(tpaML) for standardization within the OASIS XML.ORG initiative.
Developed by IBM, the tpaML specification uses XML to define
and implement electronic contracts.

The foundation of tpaML is the Trading Partner Agreement
(TPA), which defines how trading partners will interact at
the transport, document exchange and business protocol layers.
A TPA contains the general contract terms and conditions,
participant roles (buyers, sellers), communication and security
protocols and business processes, (valid actions, sequencing
rules, etc.). XML-based TPA documents capture the essential
information upon which trading partners must agree in order
for their applications and business processes to communicate.

"OASIS is pleased that XML.ORG has been offered the
opportunity to facilitate the evolution of trading partner
agreements in a non-proprietary manner via tpaML," said
Laura Walker, Executive Director, OASIS. "This technology
contribution is an important step in the rapid adoption of
XML-based business-to-business standards."

"tpaML enables a variety of systems and processes to
work together easily and effectively--which is essential for
the next generation of e-business," said Marie Wieck,
Director of XML Technology, IBM. "The submission of our
specification for electronic contracts to XML.ORG is another
proof point in our company-wide commitment to open standards."

tpaML is a complementary technology to ebXML, the Electronic
Business XML initiative, which is a joint effort of the United
Nations/CEFACT and OASIS to establish a global framework for
the exchange of electronic business data.

Multiple software vendors and solution providers including
CommerceQuest, DataChannel, Extricity, Geac/JBA, Harbinger,
JDA, Infinium, Intelisys, Mincom, PeopleSoft, Sterling Commerce
and Synquest have endorsed tpaML for potential use with their
customers. OASIS welcomes representatives from all industries
to join the consortium and help evolve tpaML as an essential
component of B-2-B e-business. The tpaML specification is
posted for public access on


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to product-independent data and content interchange. Focusing
on product interoperability, OASIS embraces the complete spectrum
of structured information standards including XML, SGML and
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Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, Wavo, Xerox, XMLSolutions and


XML.ORG ( is a
vendor-neutral community for advancing XML industry standardization.
Hosted by OASIS, the XML.ORG website provides news and information
about the application of XML in electronic business environments.
XML.ORG offers valuable online tools, such as the XML.ORG
Catalog, a clearinghouse for industry-specific or cross-industry
XML specifications. Sponsors of XML.ORG include DataChannel,
Documentum, Commerce One, GCA, IBM, SAP, SoftQuad and Sun

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