Out of the box, AFS is capable of publishing product catalogs in the 3.0 version of the xCBL format and in the 1.1 and 1.2 versions of the cXML format, which together provide interoperability with several dominant marketplace and procurement application vendors: Commerce One, Ariba, and Clarus. Possessing this capability amounts to including pre-built BizTalk Server maps for transforming the source format into each of these three destination XML formats. These maps include XSLT code for mapping elements and attributes of the source document to elements and attributes of the destination document. Developers can edit the maps to support additional formats and new versions of these formats using the BizTalk Mapper application.
Because Commerce Server includes a powerful catalog management system, AFS chose the Commerce Server Catalog XML format as the source format. Specifically, version 1.5 of that format, available in Commerce Server 2000 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later, serves as the source XML format for AFS.
In summary, AFS provides maps for the following product catalog transformations:
|Source XML Format||Destination XML Format|
|Commerce Server Catalog XML v1.5||cXML 1.1 Catalogs and Punchout Catalogs|
|Commerce Server Catalog XML v1.5||cXML 1.2 Catalogs and Punchout Catalogs|
|Commerce Server Catalog XML v1.5||xCBL 3.0 ProductCatalog|