SAP ABAP Data Element BU_VARTP (BDT: Screen Sequence Category)
SAP_ABA (Software Component) Cross-Application Component
   AP-MD-BP (Application Component) SAP Business Partner
     BUPA (Package) SAP Business Partner
Basic Data
Data Element BU_VARTP
Short Description BDT: Screen Sequence Category  
Data Type
Category of Dictionary Type D   Domain
Type of Object Referenced     No Information
Domain / Name of Reference Type BU_VARTP    
Data Type CHAR   Character String 
Length 6    
Decimal Places 0    
Output Length 6    
Value Table TBZ3L    
Further Characteristics
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Parameter ID   
Default Component name    
Change document    
No Input History    
Basic direction is set to LTR    
No BIDI Filtering    
Field Label
  Length  Field Label  
Short 10 ScrSeqCat 
Medium 15 
Long 20 Screen sequence cat. 
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A screen sequence category is a level in a maintenance transaction at which a screen sequence is presented. Multiple screen sequences can be assigned to a screen sequence category, and one of the screen sequences is selected as being the standard for this screen sequence category.

After the initial screen, BDT Classic automatically calls the main screen sequence category. The application programmer is then able to call other screen sequences that may be required, for example, because of GUI functions.

When working with the BDT, you should always call a screen sequence category, and never a screen sequence. The reason for this is that customers can change screen sequences by drag & drop using the Visual Configuration Tool. These customer screen sequences are saved as a separate screen sequence with an own ID, and assigned to the same screen sequence category. When the screen sequence category is called, the BDT automatically ensures that the customer screen sequence is displayed, if such a screen sequence exists.

You can call a screen sequence category by

  • entering the screen sequence category in a GUI function
  • calling function module BUS_SCREEN_CALL and transferring the screen sequence category.


The screen sequence categories in SAP Business Partner include

  • main screen sequence category
  • address overview
  • address details

Several screen sequences are assigned to the main screen sequence category, because the screen sequence can vary with each BP role. You have the option of defining a screen sequence for each BP role (the BDT term for this is object part).

Conversely, only one screen sequence with one screen is assigned to the other two screen sequence categories. The address overview screen sequence category is called as soon as you select the GUI function bearing the same name. The screen sequence category is stored in this GUI function.

Last changed by/on SAP  20010216 
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