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Repeating Field vs Portal vs separate fields

Question asked by MichelHandley on Jun 17, 2011
Latest reply on Jun 17, 2011 by philmodjunk


Repeating Field vs Portal vs separate fields


I have a purchase order form that I inherited  with over 4000 records. There is a blank copy in the hotlink.

It has a few fixable problems but I am not sure what the best way to fix it is. I was going to convert my separate fields, description in particular, to a repeating field. The way it is currently setup I cannot search for items in the description fields because they are separate fields and I know that repeating fields will work for that like they did in the PO form I created at my old job.

I started hearing about portals and I am not sure if that would be a better easier way to go. the descriptions fields are the only ones where search is a problem.

If I do repeating fields I assume that I must change all of the ones used in the totals calculations as well.

I have found instructions on how to accomplish this. Has anyone actually done this and are there things to watch out for?

Is there a single calculation that will keep the repeating fields calculating as needed or will I need a separate calculation for each row?

Thanks for any advice you may have