This chapter briefly introduces the EDIFACT standard and Ensemble support for EDIFACT. It contains the following sections:
The Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce, and Transport standard (EDIFACT) is also known as the International Standards Organization (ISO) Standard ISO 9735-6.
United Nations rules for Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport comprise a set of internationally agreed standards, directories, and guidelines for the electronic interchange of structured data, and in particular that relate to trade in goods and services between independent, computerized information systems.
Ensemble supports EDIFACT documents as virtual documents. A virtual document is a kind of message that Ensemble parses only partially. This kind of message has the standard Ensemble message header and the standard message properties such as ID, Priority, and SessionId. The data in the message, however, is not available as message properties; instead it is stored directly in an internal-use global, for greater processing speed.
Ensemble provide tools so that you can access values in virtual documents, for use in data transformations, business rules, and searching and filtering messages. For background information, see Ensemble Virtual Documents.