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Free UBL Formatter Now Available

Free UBL Formatter Now Available

Subject:   Free UBL Formatter Now Available
Date:      Thu, 4 Nov 2004 12:49:22 -0800 (PST)

Hello UBL users and developers,

You'll remember last month's announcement of free XSL-FO UBL stylesheets from Crane Softwrights:

The availability of the Crane stylesheets means that any UBL instance document (purchase order, invoice, etc.) can be rendered by an XSL-FO formatter as a PDF or HTML file conforming to the UN Layout Key, which has served for over 40 years as the international standard for printed trade documents.

In a stunning followup to the Crane release, Ambrosoft has announced this week the availability of a free Java formatter that implements the Crane UBL stylesheets as a single executable jar file. The Ambrosoft UBL transformer runs on any Java platform (including Personal Java, available on some PDAs) and will transform any UBL 1.0 document instance into either an FO file for further processing by an FO-aware application or directly into HTML that can be displayed or printed out using an ordinary web browser.

The UBL transformer can be downloaded from the Ambrosoft site at:

According to the documentation included in the release, the UBL transformer "is an illustration of how standard XSLT stylesheets are converted into a fast and small Java executable JAR file, suitable for high-speed or small-footprint applications from servers to hand-held devices. This JAR file was created with Ambrosoft's Gregor/XSLT technology, implementing high performance XSLT processing with an optimizing compiler and a fine-tuned runtime system. A descendant of XSLTC, Gregor/XSLT reflects a few more years of innovation and experimentation in speeding up XSLT processing and today is the fastest XSLT solution for Java."

Thanks to Crane and Ambrosoft, UBL can now claim to have fulfilled its promise to provide a standard machine-processable business data format from which at any moment you can automatically generate an internationally standardized paper or online representation usable in traditional paper and fax-based workflows. G. Ken Holman of Crane and Jacek Ambroziak of Ambrosoft deserve the congratulations and appreciation of the entire world business community for their critical contribution to making the vision of low-cost electronic commerce a reality.

Jon Bosak, Sun Microsystems
Chair, OASIS UBL Technical Committee

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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See related news in "Universal Business Language (UBL) Version 1.0 Approved as an OASIS Standard." General references in "Universal Business Language (UBL)."

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