As discussed previously, just supporting XML is not enough for large-scale, cross-platform application interoperability. BizTalk Framework is a set of guidelines put forth from a broad group of businesses on how to define documents and messages to enable e-commerce, building on top of existing standards such as HTTP,
MIME, XML, and SOAP BizTalk Framework 2.0 provides the basis for interoperable reliable messaging in BizTalk Server 2000.The idea behind the framework is that it allows vendors on any operating system or platform to create a server that can understand BizTalk documents and BizTalk messages. This initiative can be as open and interoperable as the vendors choose to make it.
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