3.4 General rules for definitions of business data terms or groups

The following general writing rules apply for the definition of a business data term and business data term group.

R37. The definition must be in British English.

R38. The definition must be business-oriented and non-technical.

R39. The definition must be as short as possible.

R40. The definition must be designed in a way that it is clear for what piece of information (data) it is to be used.

R41. The definition must be as generic as possible (makes it useful in different context), but without losing meaning.

R42. The definition must not contain any references to other business data terms or groups.

R43. The definition must not contain any references to code lists.

R44. The definition must not contain any references to standards (e.g. ISO).

R45. The definition … references should be defined as “used code list” and “Link to used code list” to the business data term/group.

R46. The definition must be syntax independent (i.e. no references to EDIFACT or XML may be included).

R47. The definition must be recognised globally. The definition must not be regional (e.g. EU).

R48. The definition should start with the word: “The”.


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