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ASC X12 Subcommittee to Standardize Energy and Utility Transaction Sets

ASC X12 Defines 2003 Strategic Direction, Develops New EDI Messages in X12 and XML Formats

Alexandria, VA, USA. March 5, 2003.

The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 approved a strategic direction that embraces collaboration with domestic and international organizations while continuing to forge ahead to ensure ASC X12 member companies' electronic data interchange (EDI) requirements are met.

ASC X12 committed in its new strategy to continue to clarify its message design architecture, XML schema syntax and XML design rules and guidelines. ASC X12 also intends to harmonize X12 XML business messages with UN/CEFACT's approach.

The Committee will engage other organizations that are developing XML based business messages to incorporate the broadest possible representation of business needs and technical considerations. This strategy was finalized at the most recent ASC X12 meeting, Feb. 2-7, [2003] in Denver.

As ASC X12 expands its reach to industries using EDI in a variety of formats, the Utility Industry Group and representatives from leading energy and utility companies are creating a charter and work plan for a new Subcommittee within ASC X12.

Subject to approval by the ASC X12 membership, it is anticipated that this new Subcommittee will be formed officially this June at the next ASC X12 meeting in Nashville. A new Subcommittee will enable energy and utility companies from around the world to standardize their EDI transaction sets in X12 and XML formats.

ASC X12 also continued to refine its draft X12 XML Design Rules, which will likely be approved this summer once the ASC X12 technical group deems them stable. Currently, ASC X12 members are using the draft XML Design Rules in their XML business message development initiatives to ensure the rules fulfill their organization's business message requirements.

"ASC X12 is committed to working with its domestic and international colleagues to ensure ASC X12 member organizations - representing organizations of all sizes including the Fortune 500, small-to-medium-sized companies, government organizations, associations, educational institutions and many others - excel in today's competitive marketplace," said ASC X12 Chair David Barkley of Freddie Mac.

Two new EDI transaction sets were approved at the ASC X12 meeting in Denver: They include Equipment Inspection Report Transaction Set 228 and Implementation Acknowledgement Transaction Set 999.

Developed by the ASC X12 Transportation Subcommittee, TS 228 can be used by transportation carriers to provide equipment owners with equipment inspection activity results. In addition, it can convey information regarding any damage to and repair of the equipment.

Developed by the ASC X12 Communications & Controls Subcommittee, TS 999 is based upon a full or implemented subset of X12 transaction sets. The next ASC X12 publication - Version 4, Release 6, Subrelease 1 - includes 318 EDI transaction sets and will be available in March 2003. To order, visit or call 1-888-363-2334.

Also at the February meeting, the ASC X12 Insurance Subcommittee re-elected Gary A. Beatty of EC Integrity, Inc. as chair and David W. Meiser of State Farm Insurance Companies as vice chair. Mary Kay Blantz continues as ASC X12 Materials Management Subcommittee chair and is pleased to announce that the subcommittee elected Gary Bell of Laurel Highlands EC Users Group as vice chair.

About ASC X12

The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, accredited by the American National Standards Institute and comprised of cross-industry representation, develops robust e-business exchange standards in X12 EDI and XML formats that interact with a multitude of e-business technologies and serve as the premier tool for integrating electronic applications.

Through standards setting and active participation in emerging and technically relevant initiatives, ASC X12 facilitates the effective exchange of electronic information.

Propelling global e-business, ASC X12 is an active contributor to the United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT), an international standard relating to the exchange of trade goods and services. To learn more about ASC X12, visit or call 703/548-7005.


Heather Harvey
Tel: +1 703/837-6185

Julia O'Brien
Tel: +1 703/837-6155

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. General references in "ANSI ASC X12/XML and DISA."

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