Why should I upgrade from LIXI1 to LIXI2
What does it mean to define a standardised structure?
A LIXI standard is a file that contains instructions on how to construct an electronic message that is LIXI compatible.
It's similar to instructions on how to build a flat-pack piece of furniture. There are definitions (pictures of each piece with a label), and there are directions on how to put them together.
LIXI2 has definitions of each piece of data, and directions on how to join them together (parent/child relationships, and links to connect connecting items in different parts of the tree).
Imagine if the flat-pack only came with definitions and no instructions on how to join them together. And to complicate matters, there is not the exact number of screws, nuts, and bolts - instead there is a variety of different screws, nuts, and bolts.
LIXI1 is analogous to this, and in the same way that each piece of furniture built in the absence of directions would differ, each LIXI1 implementation differs slightly.
LIXI2 provides directions to ensure that messages are truly standard.
If you're interested in the technical details, you can read more about it in this blog post.
Shane Rigby, LIXI Limited CEO
First Published: December 8, 2019