Embraced invoice numbering
Banks only provide a description field for a transaction. The invoice-number for a payment is therefor mostly a part of the description text. To match the invoice with the payment after uploading or synchronizing the bank transactions into an administration is a gamble. Although with high probability. The issue is to make it a 100% match.
The solution / Embraced invoice numbering
If we all would apply the following standard for writing invoice numbers, a 100% match can be ensured.
The standard is to embrace invoice-numbers with #* and *#.
Thus the invoice number 83746AB635 thus would be printed and written in de bank-transaction description as #*83746AB635*#
Why #* - *#? Because these are the characters frequently available on a number pad. This enables quick entry in number orientated environments.
This notation also makes invoice number recognition language independent.
#*83746AB635*# انوائس نمبر
or Nambari ya ankara #*83746AB635*#
or 發票號碼 #*83746AB635*#
or номер счета-фактуры #*83746AB635*#
are all recognisable as invoice number 83746AB635.
What is next
20180510 - Standard proposal published on https://datastandards.org/exchangestandards/