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National Coffee Association Uses XML for NCA Standard Traffic Documents

Altova XML Tools Enables National Coffee Association of USA to Create Coffee Industry E-Commerce Trade Documents

XML Tools Help to Promote Adoption of New XML Standards

NCA on Track to Connecting The Global Coffee Industry Using XML Based Technologies, XMLSPY 5 and AUTHENTIC 5

Beverly, MA. and New York, NY, USA. February 19, 2003.

The National Coffee Association of USA, Inc. (NCA) has recently announced the completion of the new NCA Standard Traffic Documents in XML format. Working with ExImWare Inc, a leading software solutions provider for the coffee industry, NCA has translated four coffee industry standard commercial documents -- "Shipping Advice", "Sample Order", "Delivery Order", and "Invoice" -- into electronic formats for the fast approaching world of Web service based Internet commerce. The development of these XML-based standards was completed using Altova's XMLSPY, the world's leading XML development environment, enabling coffee industry participants to communicate electronically.

To help accelerate adoption of these new XML standards by business users across the coffee industry, Altova has released several AUTHENTIC Forms (user-friendly interfaces), which are freely available for download. AUTHENTIC 5, when used in conjunction with custom AUTHENTIC Forms, empowers business users to easily capture content and information into a standard XML document format through a user interface that closely resembles a word-processor, thus abstracting away the underlying technical complexities of XML technologies. Both the new AUTHENTIC forms for the NCA XML document formats, as well as the AUTHENTIC 5 XML document editor product are available under a free software license.

NCA, established in 1911, is the leading trade organization for the coffee industry in the United States. Its members, who conduct nearly 90 percent of the business of the U.S. coffee market, include importers, roasters, retailers, growers, exporters, resellers, market exchanges and suppliers, as well as some international members.

"These NCA Standard Trade Documents were created in response to the demands of our members," said Robert F. Nelson, NCA President and CEO. "The global coffee trade is dependent on extremely accurate trade records and reliable and immediate information. Development of these documents is the essential step that when fully implemented will allow participants of this now paper-intensive trade to conduct commerce electronically and facilitate automated data retention and reporting, creating operating efficiencies and reducing back-end costs."

"We found that XMLSPY's tools for modeling, editing and validating XML document formats were user friendly, efficient, and very helpful during our software development phase, enabling us to successfully complete our various XML formats for the coffee trade industry," said Munish Minocha, ExImWare's Chief Operating Officer. The NCA chose to work with ExImWare based on their domain and technical expertise The XMLSPY 5's provided by Altova is and will likely constitute a part of future XML document formats development by ExImWare.

"XML technologies are well suited for modeling industry processes and data in a platform and language neutral fashion," said Alexander Falk, President & CEO of Altova Inc. "Altova XML supports such industry efforts through our various product offerings; specifically, XMLSPY 5's data and Web service modeling tools empower industry consortiums such as the NCA to develop electronic commerce and Web services standards, and AUTHENTIC 5 allows business users to interact with XML-based systems by providing a web-enabled user-friendly XML document editing environment."

Pricing and Availability

XMLSPY 5, the industry standard XML Development Environment, and AUTHENTIC 5, a XML document editor for business users, are available immediately for free trial download at See website for additional pricing details. AUTHENTIC 5 is now available under a free software license. The new NCA standard XML document formats can be downloaded from the NCA website at AUTHENTIC Forms for the new XML document formats, which are user-friendly interfaces that enable business users to facilitate creating editing of the various coffee industry XML documents when used in conjunction with AUTHENTIC 5, are available for free download at:

About Altova

Altova, Inc. is a leading provider of XML software solutions with offices in Beverly, MA and Vienna, Austria. The privately held company was founded in 1992 and has been actively involved in the XML market from the early conception of Extensible Markup Language. Altova's XMLSPY 5 is the leading choice of Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. Altova's XMLSPY 5 product line is the world's best-selling XML tool and has won the leading industry awards including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award and Best Product of 2002. Altova is a technology partner with the world's leading software companies including Microsoft, Oracle, BEA, IONA, and Software AG. Altova is a member of the W3C and WS-I. Visit Altova on the web at

About NCA

NCA, established in 1911, is the leading trade organization for the coffee industry in the United States. Its members, who conduct nearly 90 percent of the business of the U.S. coffee market, include importers, roasters, retailers, growers, exporters, resellers, market exchanges and suppliers, as well as some international members.

About ExImWare, Inc

ExImWare is the leading provider of business process collaboration and risk management solutions for the globally traded agriculture commodities. Offered in both hosted and enterprise environments, ExImWare's initial solutions enable cost savings, real time risk management as well as inter and intra company collaboration amongst exporters, dealers / traders, and roasters of green coffee and cocoa. Visit ExImWare Inc. on the web at


Larry Kim
Marketing Director, Altova Inc.
Tel: +1 978-816-1612

Jay Molishever
Communications Director, NCA
Tel: +1 212-766-4007

Altova Sales, Support and Professional Services inquiries:
Trace Galloway
Corporate Sales Manager, Altova Inc.
Tel USA: +1 (978) 816-1625

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also "Altova Offers Free XML Document Editor. Altova's AUTHENTIC 5 Now Available for Use in XML Content Editing Application, for Free."

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