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Need to know German abbreviations in SAP Table & Fields

For a couple of years with abap exp. i've seen German abbreviations almost everyday, but i don't know what r those abbreviations stand for ?

For example the simply field :










any suggestion or any website to learn ?


SAP AG. should change the name of these data element :

SPERM_M Purchasing block at purchasing organization level

SPERM_X Centrally imposed purchasing block

;p just kidding

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    Oct 19, 2008 at 04:45 PM

    I speak German quite well and many of those technical field names don't mean much to me either until I see their descriptions and remember them, and to understand how they are used by displaying the runtime object, and...

    => No shortcuts there for German speakers either - at most it helps the memory performance a little bit... 😊



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      And it's a good thing too. As you can see from both the Business Object Repository and BAPIs in general, an attempt to render parameter and field names in English seems to lack and form of standard. This means you get EMPLOYEENUMBER and PERSONNELNUMBER referenced to pernr in two different but similar Business Objects. When you are working in a method and take a punt on the key field name, chances are you will have guessed the wrong one.

      After a little time in SAP you find remembering the field names just happens. Until English gets a little more exact and limited lets keep it with the German abbreviations.

      You know it makes sense.


  • Oct 20, 2008 at 07:16 AM

    MANDT -> Mandant

    VBELN -> Vertriebsbelegnummer

    AUART -> Auftragsart

    VKORG -> Verkaufsorganisation

    VTWEG -> Vertriebsweg

    SPART -> Sparte

    GSBER -> Geschäftsbereich

    WERKS -> Werk

    LGORT -> Lagerort

    That old five character limit dates back to R/2 days, I believe.

    You could maybe logon in language "DE", if installed? Otherwise just post them here 😉


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    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    This is such an awesome topic.

    I am an American, who speaks German.

    I actually sided with SAP over Oracle in the development of my career, because I love German so much.

    My company chose not to install the German language pack 😔

    If there isn't an official site documenting these, then we should keep this string going!

    BELNR -  Belegnummer - Document (Receipt) Number

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