An Analysis of Integration Problems of XML-Based Catalogs for B2B Electronic Commerce
Electronic business-to-business marketplaces mediate between many online suppliers and buyers, each of which can potentially use his own format to represent the products in his product catalog. The marketplaces have to perform non-trivial translations between these formats. In this paper we analyze the problems which occur during the integration, taking several leading XML and non-XML formats as examples. We discuss how the XSL-T technology can be applied to perform such type of transformation, provide the corresponding examples highlighting the problems, and propose typical solutions to these problems.
Key wordsB2B Catalog Integration Product Catalogs XML Integration XSL-T
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