IFX Forum Members Meeting Ratifies Version 1.5 of IFX Standard, Issues Web Services Recommendations for IFX; Next Members Meeting Scheduled for April 26-30 in London.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
FALLS CHURCH Falls Church, independent city (1990 pop. 9,578), NE Va., a residential suburb of Washington, D.C.; inc. as a town 1875, as a city 1948. There is diverse light manufacturing, including telecommunications equipment. , Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2004
At its recent members meeting in Dallas, the Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX IFX - ["Type Reconstruction with First-Class Polymorphic Values", J. O'Toole et al, SIGPLAN Notices 24(7):207-217 (Jul 1989)]. ) Forum has announced, the organization reviewed and ratified rat·i·fy
tr.v. rat·i·fied, rat·i·fy·ing, rat·i·fies
To approve and give formal sanction to; confirm. See Synonyms at approve. the latest version of the IFX specification, Version 1.5. The document is now available for download at no charge from www.ifxforum.org. The group also reviewed the ATM/POS Implementation Guide that will be released later this year, heard the recommendations of its Web Services (1) Loosely, any online service delivered over the Web. Such usage appears in articles from non-technical sources, but not in IT-oriented publications, because definition #2 below describes the correct use of the term. Working Group for future versions of IFX, and continued work on IFX Version 2.0.
The IFX Forum is a not-for-profit standards-developing organization working to develop a robust framework for the electronic business-to-business exchange of data among financial service institutions around the world.
A larger number of prospective members than usual attended the Dallas IFX Forum meeting to become familiar with the group's activities before formally joining. Quarterly face-to-face meetings are an important platform for the Forum's working groups' accomplishments, though activity continues in between meetings by other means. The next members meeting is scheduled to take place in London, April 26-30, 2004. Details will be available at www.ifxforum.org.
"Since geography does not dictate who will be important contributors to Forum deliverables, we want to recognize that fact by rotating our meeting locations to be convenient for different populations," said Richard P. Urban, IFX Forum president. "In Dallas, we accomplished a great deal - in London we expect to do the same, and we hope to see as many new faces at the next meeting as we did in Texas."
Following a month-long public comment period for IFX Version 1.5, the Forum's Steering Committee steer·ing committee
A committee that sets agendas and schedules of business, as for a legislative body or other assemblage.
Noun ratified the new specification, which extends the ATM, POS (1) See point of sale and packet over SONET.
(2) "Parent over shoulder." See digispeak.
POS - point of sale , Business and Consumer Banking support provided by earlier releases of IFX. The result of several years of implementation experience in various commercial and retail banking applications, Version 1.5 builds on IFX's multi-channel capabilities to enable it to be used as a core technology for the EFT industry.
Work on IFX Version 2.0 also continued at the Dallas meeting. An adaptation of the IFX infrastructure to support emerging standards, Version 2.0 will be designed to support Web Services standards and will include changes flowing from the International Standards Team Harmonisation Noun 1. harmonisation - a piece of harmonized music
musical harmony, harmony - the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords (ISTH ISTH International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (Carrboro, North Carolina)
ISTH Interamerican Society for Tropical Horticulture ) project. The Forum specifically invites companies and individuals who have international payment requirements or are implementing service-oriented architectures See SOA. to participate in building this next generation of the IFX standard.
The current draft of an extensive ATM/POS Implementation Guide, designed to help business and technical personnel understand how to use IFX to implement all or part of an ATM/POS solution, was reviewed at the meeting. Developed by the Forum's ATM/POS Working Group, this guide assists parties interested in building an interoperable software application for EFT processing, using the business messages of the Interactive Financial Exchange (IFX) specification.
Additionally, the Forum's Web Services Working Group released its first deliverable at the Dallas meeting, an assessment of how the IFX specification can be used in a Web Services architecture. The working group's mission is to show how the IFX standard schemas and messages fit into the Web Services infrastructure, to avoid incompatible implementations of Web Services, and to provide comprehensive guidance on the use of IFX with emerging Web Services models, thereby ensuring the stability, flexibility and longevity of the IFX Business Message Specification. This material is available to members in the Members' section of the IFX Forum Web site.
About the IFX Forum
Membership in the IFX Forum is open to anyone interested in contributing to the development of open financial standards that harness the power of XML XML
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Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations. . The IFX Forum is currently organized into the following Working Groups: ATM/POS; Business Banking; Electronic Bill Presentment See EBPP. & Payment; and Web Services. IFX Forum Working Groups, in concert with an Architecture Committee to coordinate their efforts, develop open Internet-compatible messages for all sectors of the financial services The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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