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SCR 3-1058: Change GenDataType of ERROR_MASK to NON DECIMAL

Priority: medium

Problem Summary: The keyword ERROR_MASK was submitted with a General Data Type of CHARACTER. This is inconsistent with ODL usage for non-decimal numbers, and contrary to the precedent set by BIT_MASK, PACKET_MAP_MASK, and SAMPLE_BIT_MASK.

UpdateThis keyword has standard values of "BOTH", "CONTACT1", "CONTACT2", and "NONE", and therefore cannot be fixed by being updated to NON DECIMAL. The presence of these standard values is inconsistent with the MASK class word. It is the opinion of the Standards Coordinator that there are no simple fixes for this keyword and that therefore this SCR should be rejected.

Working group: E. Rye (lead) S. Slavney

Originator: E. Rye

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At the PDS Standards Telecon on 07/16/08, the SCR was rejected by a vote of 8-0-1 (reject-don't reject-abstain).

Node Representative Version 0
ATM Lyle Huber reject
EN Elizabeth Rye reject
GEO Susie Slavney reject
IMG Chris Isbell reject
NAIF Boris Semenov reject
PPI Todd King abstain
RINGS Mitch Gordon reject
RS Dick Simpson reject
SBN Anne Raugh reject