Business Document structure

In a DML Mapping Project, the Business Document describes the composition and structure of the input and output messages for the Mappings.

The structure of a Business Document depends on the structure of the input or output message to which it corresponds. Different information systems require different data structures.

In Mapping Services, you can edit any Business Document.

If necessary, you can build a Business Document from scratch (see Create Business Documents).

You can build Business Documents that conform to standard messages, or you can use the Flat File type Business Document structural elements to construct Business Documents for non-standardized file types (see Define Flat File Business Documents).

You can identify the Business Document type (EDIFACT, X12, Flat File, and so on) in the Navigation view as shown in the following graphic.

Structural elements

A Business Document includes the following:

  • Attributes: Name, type, status and so on.
  • A set of nodes arranged in a hierarchical tree structure. These nodes fall into one of two categories:
    • Nodes with values
    • Some nodes contain data. In this documentation, these nodes are referred to as nodes with values.
    • Nodes without values
    • Other nodes do not contain data. These nodes group and describe a subset of nodes. In this documentation, these nodes are referred to as nodes without values.
  • Validation Rules: Expression that the Map Engine uses to check the Business Document content.

Related topics

Manage Business Document structure

Format options for Real numbers

Business Document cardinality

Business Document data types

Business Document types

Use Business Document Validation Rules

Create Business Documents

Business Documents

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