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Status Submitted
Categories Standards
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 30, 2023

Accept EBICS order timestamps with no decimals for seconds

For timestamps provided when sending an order request although the EBICS Specification generally refers to 3 decimal places for seconds being expected, it just points to the W3 datetime specification (https://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-2/#dateTime) which states that the form must be: 

'-'? yyyy '-' mm '-' dd 'T' hh ':' mm ':' ss ('.' s+)? (zzzzzz)? 

where:

'.' s+ (if present) represents the fractional seconds;

and that:

The fractional second string, if present, must not end in '0';

This has been implemented by some vendors of EBICS Client software such that if the timestamp occurs on a whole second then the ('.'s+) is omitted entirely so the IBM EBICS Server needs to allow for and accept these.

THE ebicsserver.initialisation.request.timestamp.format property (e.g. yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSSSSZ) permits any number of decimal places up to the maximum specified (SSSSSS) but insists that the decimal point is provided. A value such as 2023-11-30T12:01:01Z should be accepted just as 2023-11-30T12:01:01.0Z is. Perhaps a value similar to the RegEx permitting definition of optional elements could be used instead?