- Type of document:
- Universal Business Language (UBL) defines a generic XML interchange format for business
documents. It provides a universally understood and recognized commercial syntax for legally
binding business documents and to operate within a standard business framework such as ISO
15000 (ebXML) to provide a complete, standards-based infrastructure that can extend the
benefits of existing EDI systems to businesses of all sizes. UBL also provides:
- A library of XML schemas for reusable data components such as "Address," "Item," and
"Payment" — the common data elements of everyday business documents.
- A set of XML schemas for common business documents such as "Order," "Despatch Advice," and
"Invoice" that are constructed from the UBL library components and can be used in generic
procurement and transportation contexts.
- Workflow stage:
- 1.2, 1.4, 1.5
- Business value:
The widespread use of XML has led to the development of multiple industry-specific XML
versions of such basic documents as purchase orders, shipping notices, and invoices. UBL is
designed to provide a standard syntax for business documents.
UBL has the potential to deliver many benefits, including lowering the actual costs of
business software by making them easier to develop, and lowering the cost of integrating the
software into business environments.
UBL is designed to plug directly into existing business, legal, auditing, and records
management practices, eliminating the re-keying of data in existing fax- and paper-based
supply chains and providing an entry point into electronic commerce for small and medium-sized
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