Over time, different versions of the Profiles and of the underlying XML standard were published and each profile standard has been written with a specific baseline XML standard (“ERN”) in mind. The table below provides this mapping (note that the table does not differentiate between version 3.4.1 and 3.4):
|Business Profile||Release Profile||"Target" ERN|
|1.0||1.0||3.3 and 3.4|
|1.1 and 1.2||1.1||3.6|
While this table indicates that the Release Profile in version 1.3 is specifically for the ERN standard in version 3.8, most of the profile rules can — and should! — also be applied to Release notifications in accordance with older ERN versions. While some of the rules cannot be used (because they depend on a new feature in the ERN standard), most rules can. And even those than cannot be followed strictly still provide good guidance as to what to do.