It should go without saying that everyone should review the changes document and update their systems, but we've highlighted some changes of particular note for you below.
New support for linked products — a List 168 price condition value allows users to set a price for when multiple products are bought from a list. For example, two for one deals or similar offers.
Microsoft has a List 139 retail sales outlet ID, and a code value for LP records has been added as a List 150 audio product form.
Three new measure codes cover the situation when the product sold by retailers has packaging that will be removed by consumers. The familiar codes for height, width and thickness are used to describe what you ship to retailers (and that's normally the same as what consumers get) but the new codes allow you to provide the size of the product actually used by consumers in the event that is meaningfully different.**
There are many more changes and updates in Issue 38, please reference the full list for details.
EDItEUR supports ONIX code lists in multiple formats:
*A note to ONIX 2.1 users
ONIX 2.1 users should note that code list updates no longer apply to ONIX 2.1 and users should continue to use Issue 36. ONIX 3.0 code lists and schema modules no longer contain codes or lists unique to ONIX 2.1. You can still obtain the correct ONIX 2.1 schema and code lists from the Archived Previous Releases page.
BookNet still recommends that you use and periodically update your copy of EDItEUR's best practices guide. It is an essential ONIX 3.0 guide, but much of the information in it applies equally to ONIX 2.1.
BookNet would like to pause, catch it's breath, and note to ONIX 2.1 users that there is now a full decade — 10 years — of new development available to users in ONIX 3.0. You should be considering what your systems need to support. ONIX 3.0 is easier to develop than you think, and it supports greater accuracy and detail in all aspects of data trading.
**Updated Aug. 9, 2017. Previous version had an inaccurate explanation of these new codes.