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Comment on UCLP Submission

W3C is pleased to receive the UCLP submission from SAIC/Bellcore.

The Universal Commerce Language and Protocol (UCLP) is an Extensible Markup Language (XML) application for metadata related to commercial products and companies and that can be used in identifying and retrieving product data residing across the Internet. The tags provide a base level of data typing and define a set of industry-specific names.

The UCLP submission is related to the following activities of W3C:

Next Steps :

UCLP will be brought to the attention of the participants in the Electronic Commerce Interest Group and in Working Groups in the XML and Metadata for consideration as requirements and design input.

UCLP, also proposes interface definition; "method signatures" as mentioned in the submission. W3C has had other Submissions Web Interface Definition Language (WIDL) that discuss this technology as well. Perhaps there is now sufficient critical mass for a working group to look into a common vocabulary for exchanging (programming) interface definitions.

If a Working Group does pick up this Submission for discussion we expect that the group will want to clarify the IPR terms, particularly the degree to which the Submission discusses proprietary technology that might impose limitations on the openness any resulting recommendation.

Disclaimer: Placing a Submission on a Working Group agenda does not imply endorsement by either the W3C Staff or the participants of the Working Group, nor does it guarantee that the Working Group will agree to take any specific action on a Submission.


Thierry Michel, W3C E Commerce Activity Lead

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