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SFI 40, element 10: PAR - format?

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Created by Claudia L on 2010-09-07 10:13:14 Back to Topics

SFI 40, element 10: PAR - format?

Hi James,
the invoice total record (SFI 40) has an element for the Provisional Adjustment Rate (PAR, element 10) which can be used in parallel or instead of the individual absorption rates for fare, ISC, etc in the same record.
Provided we only use the PAR and no individual rates:
For the PAR (element 10) the description reads 5N, comment includes "rate with two decimal places". The field does not have a sign field attached, but the PAR could be positive as well as negative. How is that supposed to work?
For the individual absorption rates further below in the same record (element fare 35/36/37/38, ISC 39/40/41/42 etc) signs are included.
Please advise.
Replied by James S on 2010-09-20 05:03:01
I think the assumption during design by the working groups was that this would always be positive.
I've created ticket #190 to add a separate sign field (a single character, similar to other sign fields). If this is done, it's my understanding that there are no other problems (ie, you're fine with the 5N and two decimal places).

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