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2194978 - Attribute Value of Type NMTOKEN Must Be a Name Token


  • Adding a rule via Manage Business Configuration (BCUI) or Provisioning
  • Following error pops up on saving changes in Business Configuration UI
  • Data Model is not consistent: Attribute value "RULENAME" of type NMTOKEN must be a name token

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SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Navigate to the Admin Centre;
  2. Tool Search > Manage Business Configuration;
  3. Add a business rule under rules section;
  4. Save;
  5. The error above will pop up.


The spaces between the words of the rule ID are most likely the root cause:

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Possible Workarounds:

  • Sometimes making a copy of the rule will fix the behavior.
  • The best option would actually be to remove the spaces between the words of rule id. Use underscores instead.


SuccessFactors , Success Factors , SF , Employee Central , EC , BCUI NMTOKEN error adding rule , ECT 71901 , ECT 52248 , KBA , LOD-SF-EC-BCI , Manage Business Configuration (BCUI) & Data Models (XML) , LOD-SF-EC , Employee Central , Problem


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