Basic Tab for Address and EDI Address Format Entries

This tab appears when displaying or modifying an entry in an address-purpose or EDI address-purpose Format policy.

This tab contains the following attributes.

Entry ID

This attribute contains the entry ID used with this Format policy. Entry IDs must be unique. Select an Entry ID from the list. If the entry ID does not exist, click the Entry ID Policy helper to create a new one.

Internal Entry Number

This attribute contains the internal entry number used by the system. This number ranges from 1000 to 9999 and is assigned by SirsiDynix Symphony. When creating an entry, the internal entry number displays as zero until the entry is saved; then SirsiDynix Symphony assigns the next available internal entry number for this format policy type.

Important: SirsiDynix does not recommend modifying existing internal entry numbers.

Entry Name

This attribute describes the entry.

Allow Edit/Create

This attribute specifies whether or not the entry may be edited or created. To prevent an entry from being edited or created, leave this check box blank.


This attribute is used to require that data be typed in an entry. The text **REQUIRED FIELD** is added to the text box of the entry if this attribute is selected.

Data Type

This attribute is used to specify whether the data in this entry must be alphabetic, alphanumeric, numeric, printable (ASCII codes 33-126), or whether the data may be any type of character. Select a data type from the list.

Minimum Size

This attribute is used to enforce a limit on the number of characters that can be typed in an entry. The smallest allowable value is zero; the largest allowable value is 9,999.

Maximum Size

This attribute is used to enforce a limit on the number of characters that can be typed in an entry. The smallest allowable value is zero; the largest allowable value is 9,999.

Default Entry Value At Record Creation

This attribute is used to specify default data that will appear in an entry when a record is created. The default data may be up to 200 characters in length. The pipe character (|) may not be included in this attribute.

Note: The order of fields may not be preserved in the editing display if default text is used.

Searchable Flag

Select this check box to include a user address entry in the BRS indexing. Users can be searched by any part of the user address as long as the entry is marked as searchable.

Search ID

If the Searchable Flag selected, this attribute is activated. Assign a search ID for this user address entry by selecting one from the list. If uncertain which search ID to assign, contact SirsiDynix Customer Support. The following Entries and Search IDs are delivered.


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Entry Type

To indicate any special meanings or uses of this entry, entry types may be specified. This attribute is also used to determine if other Format policy attributes are used by an entry. Use the Display Entry Type gadget to select an entry type. For address-purpose and EDI address-purpose formats, the following entry types are delivered.

Email address
Zip code
Phone number

Important: Modify entry types for entries only if directed by SirsiDynix Customer Support.

Entry Class

Each entry is assigned one of the following entry classes: LEADER, FIXED, CONTROL, CODED, or VARIABLE. Select an entry class from the list. Most entries are VARIABLE, and when a new entry is added, it defaults to the VARIABLE entry class. The entry class may be modified when creating custom formats or adding custom entries to existing formats, typically UNIMARC formats.

Important: Do not modify the entry class for entries in the SirsiDynix-delivered formats.

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