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Accredited Standards Committee X12 to hold 25th Birthday Celebration

ANSI’s Fran Schrotter will be featured keynote

New York, May 21, 2004

Frances E. Schrotter, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will serve as the keynote speaker at the 25th Birthday Celebration & Meeting of the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. As part of the ASC X12 General Session June 6-11, the meeting will feature ASC X12 leadership presentations on the committee’s 25 years of accomplishments.

Schrotter will comment on the value and future of standardization nationally and internationally. At ANSI, she supports and facilitates the participation of U.S. interests in domestic, regional and international standardization activities. Ms. Schrotter, who first joined ANSI in 1976, works actively with numerous domestic and international committees developing standards in dozens of industries.

“We are honored to have Ms. Schrotter present the ANSI perspective and projection on standardization in the 21st century,” said ASC X12 Chairman Ralph Berwanger. “In 1979, ANSI accredited X12 to develop uniform standards for cross- and inter-industry electronic exchange of business transactions and today more than 315 EDI transaction sets provide a sound and secure solution for high volume messaging. As conflicting XML messages proliferate, ASC X12 is using its open, consensus-based standards process to create a new generation of e-business messaging, once again revolutionizing B2B e-commerce.”

At the ASC X12 Meeting, more than 500 e-business standards experts, collaborating across industries on business processes, will enhance their X12 electronic data interchange (EDI) standards and build evolving eXtensible Markup Language (XML) business messages, using X12’s Context Inspired Component Architecture (CICA). This syntax-neutral architecture not only facilitates the creation of XML business messages and enhances the reusability and interoperability of message structures, but also makes it possible to use the same architecture as future markup languages are developed.

Visit http://www.x12.org to learn more about or to register for ASC X12’s Birthday Celebration and Meeting, June 6-11, in Chicago.

About the Accredited Standards Committee X12
The Accredited Standards Committee X12, accredited by the American National Standards Institute and comprised of cross-industry representation, develops robust e-business exchange standards in X12 electronic data interchange (EDI) and XML formats that interact with a multitude of e-business technologies and serve as a 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 good and services. To learn more about ASC X12, visit www.X12.org or call 703-970-4480.

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