Segment Tag

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Segment Tag


In EDI technology, a segment tag refers to a composite data element that is used to uniquely identify a segment within EDI messages. The first component of the tag contains a code that specifically identifies the segment as specified in the relevant segment directory. Additional component data elements can be conditionally used to indicate the hierarchical level, nesting relationship within a message, and whether a segment repeats in that message.

The use of segment tags facilitates the accurate interpretation and processing of EDI messages. Through the tag, the segment is uniquely identified, and a link is established between the segment’s content and its specifications.

Use case:

An example use case for segment tags can be found in the process of electronic exchange of delivery information between a supplier and a distributor. The “LIN” (Line Item) segment tag can be used to identify each line item of the delivery information, including line number, product code, quantity, and unit price. By using the “LIN” segment tag, proper recognition and appropriate interpretation of the delivery information within the EDI message are ensured.

Example of script code:

import ediconnect

# Create a new EDI message
edi_message = ediconnect.EDIMessage()

# Add segments to the message with segment tag
edi_message.add_segment(‘LIN’, [‘LineNumber’, ‘ProductCode’, ‘Quantity’, ‘UnitPrice’])

# Get the formatted EDI message content
formatted_message = edi_message.get_formatted_message()

# Send the EDI message using EDIconnect
edi_connection = ediconnect.Connection(username=’username’, password=’password’, endpoint=’’)
response = edi_connection.send_message(edi_message)

# Check the response
if response.success:
print(“EDI message sent successfully!”)
print(“Error sending the EDI message:”, response.error_message)

Best practices:

  1. Consult the documentation and specifications of the relevant EDI standard to identify and correctly use the segment tag based on the specifications and requirements of the EDI messages.
  2. Ensure that the component data elements of the segment tag are used in accordance with the specifications from the relevant segment directory.
  3. Document and maintain an updated list of segment tags used to facilitate communication and understanding between trading partners.
  4. Conduct regular testing and validation to confirm the correct usage and compliance of the segment tag within EDI messages.
  5. For efficient management of segment tags and EDI messages, you can benefit from the EDIconnect platform, an EDI solution provider. EDIconnect offers support and advanced tools for managing and interpreting segment tags, ensuring efficient and accurate exchange of business information within EDI messages.

For efficient management of segment tags and EDI messages, you can use the EDIconnect platform, an EDI solution provider. EDIconnect provides support for configuring, interpreting, and managing segment tags, ensuring secure and efficient exchange of business information within EDI messages. Through EDIconnect, you can access a comprehensive and scalable solution for implementing and managing EDI transactions, facilitating efficient and reliable communication with trading partners.