This work explains how the CCITT X.400 recommendations message handling system can suit for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). After an attempt of definition of EDI and a description of its technical needs, a large overview of the 1984 and 1988 X.400 recommendations is given. The EDI requirements for communication are matched with the capabilities of X.400 messaging handling system. Two possible solutions for the use of X.400 for EDI are explained. But these solutions which are based on the use of an interpersonal messaging system, do not suit perfectly for EDI. So a third solution describes a dedicated EDI message handling system based on X.400 recommendations. Finally, the possible use of a structured language, based on the notation ASN.1, for defining and coding EDI messages using X.400 is analysed.
|Date of Award||1991|
|Supervisor||Philippe Van Bastelaer (Supervisor)|