Understanding Currency-Specific Settings

PeopleTools can format a currency amount that appears on a page or a report based on both your numerical format preferences and the currency that the amount represents.

Some display settings, such as the characters that are used for the thousands and decimal separators, are based on your language preference. Others, such as the currency symbol and the decimal precision, are based on the properties of the currency in which the amount appears. Those properties include:

  • A currency symbol, such as $ for the Australian dollar.

  • A decimal precision.

    For example, the Australian dollar ($5.00) has two decimal positions, but the Korean Won (500 KRW) has no decimal positions.

Currency information is stored in the Currency Code table (CURRENCY_CD_TBL) record definition along with other information about the currencies that is used in the implementation. The CUR_SYMBOL field controls the currency symbol. The DECIMAL_POSITIONS field controls the decimal precision for a currency.

Note: The PeopleSoft Currency Code table (CURRENCY_CD_TBL) contains sample currency and country code data. The Currency Code table is based on ISO Standard 4217, “Codes for the representation of currencies,” and also relies on ISO country codes in the Country table (COUNTRY_TBL). The navigation to the pages where you maintain currency code and country information depends on which PeopleSoft applications you are using. To access the pages for maintaining the Currency Code and Country tables, consult your application PeopleBooks for more information.