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From: Jeffrey Scornavacca [mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Subject: Re: Homeportfolio's product attribution schema

Please post the following. Thanks in advance for your help.

This document is to outline HomePortfolio's product attribution schema. It is not XML nor is it a recommendation for table column names but our approach to product attribution and catalog data. Our schema was developed
for not only furniture but lighting, kitchen & bath, and appliances and therefore is by necessity less specific than some of the schema ideas that have been floated at the XML conference (and I believe ultimately more
useful across categories). We basically had the following goals in mind:

1.    Enable attribution across multiple categories and manufacturers, allowing each manufacturer to use their own attribute names and values and an unlimited number of attribute names and values per manufacturer.

2.    Enable product searching across the various manufacturer attribute names and values by mapping like terms as synonyms (e.g. red to crimson, blue to cobalt, black to midnight).

3.    Separate attribute names and values by category to enable easy attribution (UI) and faster searching and allow an unlimited number of attribute names and values per category.

4.    Enable searching for products with different measurement units across like measurement attributes (inches, feet and centimeters across dimensions, gallons and liters across volume, Fahrenheit and Celsius across
temperature, etc.).

Retailers, imagine if you could look through your database and compare attributes (cloth color, material, wood type) across all of the manufacturers you deal with and were able to bring up everything like "red" (and crimson and sunset and persimmon)? What about looking look through your database and finding things similar size for a client?
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Jeffrey Scornavacca
Chief Information Architect
HomePortfolio Inc.
288 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02460

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