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$Date: 2013/10/31 18:10:17 $(UTC)
The OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL) defines a very large family of powerful, flexible and comprehensive document types to provide for many possible uses of information in business documents.
Spreadsheets are used by the technical committee for reviewing and defining the components of UBL. Navigating across and within so many large spreadsheets is often awkward when trying to follow the relationships between information entities.
Crane's UBL reports found on Crane's web site [Crane Resources] facilitate review of the document models by presenting select columns of the spreadsheets as hyperlinked HTML pages distilled from the published spreadsheets.
Note a very important and useful aspect of these reports is that the common library entries of the report for an individual document type are pruned of information entities unused by that particular document type. Perusing through such a report one finds discontinuous row numbers where rows have been elided. This helps understand the scope of the common library engaged by an particular document type.
There are four main portions of each report: the index (see Figure 1), the summary (see Figure 2), the tables (see Figure 3), and the data types (see Figure 4). Refer to the diagrams for a detailed itemization of the navigation tools and information components.
The important aspects of navigating the hyperlinks of the report are:
most browsers support Alt-left-arrow for "go back" and Alt-right-arrow for "go forward" or some similar combination of keys when the keyboard does include such standalone keys; these are helpful for walking up and down the recently traversed path through the information;
two-letter index links jump to the summary entries starting with the two letters;
document type index links jump to the start of the table for that document type;
numeric row-number links jump back and forth to and from the corresponding entries in the summaries and the tables; use these to alternate the current view of the entries; and
alphabetic name links jump within the respective entries in the summaries and tables; use these to traverse the current view of the entries.
every row with a bold face UBL name is a mandatory information entities for the ABIE
There is a single amalgam report incorporating every document type and the entire common library:
There are two amalgam reports incorporating those document types that are the responsibility of the Procurement Subcommittee (PSC) and Transportation Subcommittee (TSC):
There is one pruned report for each document type, where unused common library entries are elided:
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