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Introduction to CII
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CII is the data format of the Center for the Informatization of Industry. The CII implementation in the Sterling B2B Integrator is based on the CII Syntax Rule, which is available in both Japanese and English. The CII standard provides a set of syntax rules, specifies details such as looping structures and data types.
Electronic Industries Association of Japan (EIAJ) started standardization of EDI and developed a new EDI standard - EIAJ Syntax rule in cooperation with Center for the Information of Industry (CII) in 1988. This CII then developed a new EDI standard in 1991 called CII Syntax rule. The CII Syntax Rule is a syntax rule newly developed in order to standardize EDI in Japan and improve the EIAJ syntax rule. There are different CII Syntax Rule versions available - CII Syntax Rule 1.11, 1.51, 2.10 and 3.00.
Outline of the CII Syntax Rule:
The CII Syntax Rule is a system considering compatibility with Japanese EDI applicable characters and transmission systems. The following figure explains the Classification of CII Syntax Rule.
The CII Syntax Rule is designed for EDI by File Transfer System and basic style is Type12 which is formed of a Message Group Header, one or more messages and a Message Group Trailer. The message group header, message and message group trailer are each stored in one-record (one message is stored in one record). Based on this design, there are 2 variations. One is a method to store one message in a number of fixed length records, called a Type12 dividing mode and the other called Type-E.
All messages of CII Syntax rule contain their data in their TFDs. TFD which is the Transform Form Data are used to transfer the Data Elements in the CII Syntax Rule. In TFD, a Data Tag and Data Length Tag (length tag) are added to the Data element. One message is formed by collecting the necessary number of TFDs. Data Tag is an ID expressing the meaning and attribute of a data element. The length tag stores the length of the data elem