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Proper Table Structuring of a Technical Publication.

Question asked by PhillipFountain on Mar 3, 2013
Latest reply on Mar 4, 2013 by philmodjunk


Proper Table Structuring of a Technical Publication.



          I have a technical publication that needs to be presented in a FileMaker table in the following format:


          5.0 - Training and Proficiency

          5.1 - Training Programs

          5.1.3 - Do the training programs include the following:

          5.1.3.a - for flight crew members:

          5.1.3.a.i - initial and annual aircraft type and systems training

          5.1.3.a.i.A - emergency procedures training


          I’m looking for the best method for structuring the table. Is it best for each of element to have a separate record with one field for the numbering system and another field for the text? Or, a field for each of the numbered elements such as 5.1.3 and 5.1.3.a.

          The 5.0 and 5.1 elements are used to identify the sections of the technical publication, no additional field information is needed in the record. The only purpose of these two items is to orientate the user to the database section and to be used for Finding a desired group or subgroup of records.

          All records with numbers containing three or more elements will have other fields that may require information.

          Would it be best to have two tables, one that contains fields for the 5.0 and 5.1 numbers with the associated text fields and the other table containing the detailed information requiring the additional fields?

          The last thing I need to know is how to structure the fields for the relationships?