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Submitter

Daniel Connie

Description

Need an interpretation of the following statement from the TR3: ‘the component element separator is byte number 105; and the segment terminator
is the byte that immediately follows the component element separator’. In the X12, ISA16 indicates what the component separator will be throughout the file. This element is a minimum length of 1 and a max length of 1. The character right after the separator character, indicates the segment terminator. In the above statement from the TR3, it states the segment terminator is the BYTE immediately after the component separator. The understanding is that the segment terminator is a 1 byte character. Is the interpretation correct, that the segment terminator is ONLY a minimum and max of 1?

Response

With regards to your understanding and question:
“The understanding is that the segment terminator is a 1 byte character. Is the interpretation correct, that the segment terminator is ONLY a minimum and max of 1? “
Your interpretation is incorrect.
Section B.1.1.2.5 from the 5010 technical report type 3 (X223A2) summarizes the provision of X12.6 the base standard poorly. As described in X12.6 X12 is a character based standard. Any mention with regards to the standards in terms of ‘byte or bytes’ is incorrect.
The segment terminator is a 1 character value which may be encoded as 1 or more transmission units (bytes).

FURTHER DISCUSSION
In preparing this Request for Interpretation, the ASC X12C (Communication & Controls) Subcommittee made the following observation:

The subcommittee members felt the submitter may find 12.5 Interchange Control Structures: Appendix A – Implementation Considerations, useful.
Submission 12/8/2010
Status Date 2/18/2011
Status F - Final
Primary References
Document 005010X223
SectionB1125
PageB.5
Set IDISA