(Eng) XML Documentation and UBL example

Posted on May 25, 2011

OASISYesterday morning I was doing some accounting and needed to sort quite a lot of invoices from different suppliers. With the PLMLab (a french association for PLM) we’re working on a document about standards, and so when I see all these invoices that are different and knowing that for most of them I don’t have an electronic version, I’m quite upset about how we are late an standardizing these regular business documents. At the same time, my activity with Aras Innovator makes me work a lot with XML so most the document I see, I imagine having them in XML. It even gets annoying for some people, a friend of mine who is a Nephrologist (she fix kidneys) recently made me review one of her articles (more for english than for medical help), and my first reaction was “I think we could standardize this kind of medical case study!!”. So, that’s how much I think through XML and standardization. Well, back to the invoice, I started thinking about how an invoice would look like in XML. And then I had two thoughts:

This is not changing PLM world but it helps to reduce the number of files replacing them by integrated data based on open standards and easy to read.

I saw that a company is selling .net libraries to help developpers providing UBL support : http://www.simpleubl.com. You can also find a lot of ressources on the UBL XML community website:


Just my quick thoughts on that topic. Please, share your experience with UBL if you’ve ever had to use it.

Yoann Maingon


Yoann Maingon

Yoann Maingon is an Entrepreneur and a PLM enthousiast. He is our main blogger at Minerva as he has been publishing articles about General PLM concepts and Aras Innovator for more than three years.

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