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The only other tab of importance in this quick beginnings setup is the WDI Proc Options tab.
Here the user is allowed to specify the delimiters used by WebSphere Data Interchange.
Figure 1-24 shows the default settings of ANY.
Figure 1-24 The WDI Proc Options tab of a Trading Partner profile
1.5.7 Concepts of the mapping editor
A data transformation map is a set of mapping instructions that describes how to translate
data from a source document into a target document. The order in which the mapping
instructions occur can be based on the source document (source-based mapping) or the
target document (target-based mapping). Both the source and target documents can be one
of several supported document types.
In this section, we discuss a number of techniques available in WebSphere Data Interchange
when creating a data transformation map. To open the Map Editor, use the button shown in
Figure 1-25 on the tool bar.
Figure 1-25 Tool bar button to open the Map Editor
Basic mapping by drag-and-drop
The Details tab in the Map Editor (Figure 1-26 on page 24) allows you to perform drag and
drop mapping on your documents. The top left pane in the window displays the source
document definition, and the top right pane displays the target document definition. The lower
left pane is the Mapping Command window pane, and the lower right pane is the Variables
window pane, which includes the lists for Global, Local, and Special Variables.
Click the element you want to map on the top left side of the window. While holding down the
mouse button, drag it to the corresponding element in the target document definition on the
top right pane. When you have dragged the element to the right side of the window over the
element with which you want to associate it, that component becomes highlighted. Release
the mouse button.
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In a target-based map, the result of this action will be a MapFrom() command. Refer to the
example in the Mapping Command window below.
Figure 1-26 The different panes of the Mapping Editor
Mapping elements by assignment
A value can be assigned to any variable or any simple element in the target document
definition. This is accomplished using an assignment statement.
One method of creating an assignment statement is to right-click a node where you want to
insert the statement. In the context menu that is displayed, select Insert within -> Command
-> Assignment.
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Figure 1-27 Adding an assignment to a map
The WebSphere Data Interchange Client then displays the Mapping Command Editor
(Figure 1-28).
Figure 1-28 Mapping command editor
Click the element to which you want to assign a value on the top right side of the window
shown in Figure 1-27. While holding down the mouse button, drag it over the path in the
Mapping Command Editor shown in Figure 1-28. To assign a value to the target element,
replace expression with a value. Be sure to place this value in single quotes. An example of
an assignment completed using this method is shown in Figure 1-29 on page 26.

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