The CommerceNet Consortium said it has released the eCo Interoperability Framework Specification, which is designed to make it easier for businesses using disparate electronic commerce systems to do business with each other.

American Express Co., Microsoft Corp., Mondex International, Royal Bank of Canada, and Sun Microsystems Inc. were among the companies represented on the eCo Framework working group, which set out in 1998 to enable "business trading communities (to) maintain a level of interoperability without sacrificing their ability to innovate and adapt," CommerceNet said.

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