What has the UN got to do with your e-commerce plans?

Quite a lot, if its ambitious ebXML initiative delivers on its promises.

Anyone attending some kind of e-commerce conference or briefing in the past year would no doubt have come across the term XML. Usually itÆs somewhere on those technicalápowerpoint slides with the boxes, cylinders and zig-zagging lines - written alongside other conferenceáfavourites like æopen architectureÆ and æmultiple channelsÆ.

Often the term is glossed over in the interest ofáákeeping the non-technical audience awake, so for many people it is justácategorised as one of those computer languages that make the internet...

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