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Todd Cochrane


There are various applications of the rules for truncating numeric data elements (N and R data types). ID, AN, and shortly DT and TM data types may also come under this scrutiny. By specifying the specific order in which rules are to be applied and citing difficult examples the entire EDI community might be helped.


In response to your request for interpretation of October 1991, X12C Communications and Controls Subcommittee provides the following: X12.6 Application Control Structure allows for the representation of precision in a numeric data element. Any given translation product may or may not support this functionality. What a translator does with a number with respect to formatting is outside the scope of X12.6.


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Submission 1/1/1992
Status Date 1/1/1992
Status F - Final
Primary References
Document 3030