RosettaNet, a non-profit consortium which develops business-process standards based on the XML format for communication over the internet, plans to eliminate the fee for non-member companies to access its standards. The change is due to occur on Jan. 1, 2009. RosettaNet standards provide a common language for transaction messaging within the global trading network. Companies that are not members of the consortium have paid to access each of its standards since subscription fees were instituted in 2007. According to RosettaNet president Clement D. Erhardt, the group is responding to the needs of the developer community while working to spread the use of its standards. At the same time, RosettaNet will expand benefits for its council members, global partners and solution provider. The benefits will include free seats for training sessions and RosettaNet events, access to online B2B training materials, and complimentary and discounted pricing on products and services, including the RosettaNet Self-Test Kit. Membership fees for 2009 will remain at their 2008 level, the group said. Most of RosettaNet's members hail from the electronic component, semiconductor, telecommunication, consumer electronics and logistics industries.
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