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UBL 2.4 approved as a Committee Specification

On 17 October 2023 UBL 2.4 was approved as a Committee Specification:

All resources can be downloaded from the main UBL 2.4 subdirectory:

And the complete CS in a ZIP file package can be downloaded here:

UBL TC face-to-face meeting in Dublin, September 2023

The UBL Technical Committee successfully concluded it's face-to-face meeting in Dublin in the days of September 26-29, 2023. During this productive meeting, members of the UBL TC discussed and deliberated on key issues related to the future advancements of the UBL standard.

The meeting minutes are available here:

UBL 2.3 published for public review

OASIS and the Universal Business Language TC are pleased to announce that Universal Business Language Version 2.3 is now available for public review and comment.

UBL is the leading interchange format for business documents.

Article about UBL and the blockchain

OASIS UBL TC chair Ken Holman has published a very interesting article on, titled "The role of UBL in disintermediating procurement and transportation processes":

go2UBL goes over 6.500 clients in The Netherlands

go2UBL is a converting party. It converts a paper of pdf document into a 100% UBL 2.1 format and can deliver it to a specific location.

Since the start in 2014 go2UBL is growing fast in The Netherlands. Mostly Accountingfirm and bookkeepingsoftware parties are using go2UBL.

go2UBL can convert every type of incoming invoices, cash reciepts en e-mail orders, screenshots or declarations.

It's the next step after OCR recognition and one step before 100% UBL to UBL.


Public review of the OASIS Business Document Naming and Design Rules Version 1.1 begins

The first public review of the OASIS Business Document Naming and Design Rules Version 1.1 proposed OASIS Standard with new rules for creating JSON validation artefacts for JSON documents, complete with the OASIS Committee Note of all UBL 2.1 document types as JSON schemas and all UBL 2.1 example documents as JSON documents, begins February 1, 2017 and closes April 1, 2017:

Public review of UBL 2.2 begins

The first public review of UBL 2.2, the successor to UBL 2.1 - ISO/IEC 19845:2015, begins February 1, 2017 and closes March 17, 2017: 

Last week the committee also announced the acceptance of new requirements for UBL 2.3.

Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility at:

Business Document Naming and Design Rules Version 1.0 published

Today the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) Technical Committee announced a finalized work product and two public reviews of three new work products. UBL is used in transportation and in procurement by governments and companies:

The finalized Business Document Naming and Design Rules Version 1.0 OASIS Standard dated 18 January 2017 was made public today at:

Agreement on syntaxes complying with the forthcoming European standard (EN) on Electronic Invoicing

Thomas Fillis reports from Barcelona:

CEN/TC 434 unanimously agreed to endorse UBL and CII as the syntaxes complying with the forthcoming EN and to be listed in a specific CEN Technical Specification (TS). Once the EN and TS are published by CEN and referenced in the  Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), contracting authorities and entities in the EU will have to receive and process electronic invoices which comply with the EN and any of the two syntaxes, in accordance with the provisions of Article 7 of Directive 2014/55/EU.


Another road-side advertisement citing UBL

Thanks to Tim for finding another photograph of a billboard in the Netherlands:

It complements the billboard photograph posted at: Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
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