Version 7.3 introduced a new algorithm to decode sign bytes in USAGE DISPLAY (sign incorporated) data items. The new algorithm is 3-4 times faster than the previous one, but produces unexpected results for undefined or non-initialized numeric data items.

This configuration variable turns on this faster algorithm introduced in Version 7.3.

To use the Version 7.3 algorithm, set the FAST_SIGN_DECODE configuration variable to TRUE. If using this algorithm, numeric data items must be defined/initialized, otherwise incorrect results may occur.

The default value is FALSE which means the pre-7.3 version of the algorithm is used. The pre-7.3 version does not require numeric data items to be defined/initialized.