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Normal Fields & Merge Fields - best practice - FileMaker

This was prompted by the newbie's question about filed sizes problems and I got to wondering... What are the advantages between using Normal related fileds and merge fields? I've seen both types used. I just wonder about their relative advantages & disadvantages....

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    Default Normal Fields & Merge Fields - best practice

    This was prompted by the newbie's question about filed sizes problems
    and I got to wondering...

    What are the advantages between using Normal related fileds and merge
    fields?

    I've seen both types used. I just wonder about their relative advantages
    & disadvantages.

    Technicians Guest

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    Technicians wrote: 

    One difference is you can enter data in a normal field, which you can
    not do in a merge field.

    Also, which is is of grat practical value, a merge field will
    automatically adjust its size to fit the data in each record, so you
    can, for example, do a layout like this:
    <<City>>, <<State>> <<Zip>>
    and it will come out looking right.

    Bill
    B Guest

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    Default Re: Normal Fields & Merge Fields - best practice

    B Collins <invalid> wrote in message news:<invalid>... 
    >
    > One difference is you can enter data in a normal field, which you can
    > not do in a merge field.
    >
    > Also, which is is of grat practical value, a merge field will
    > automatically adjust its size to fit the data in each record, so you
    > can, for example, do a layout like this:
    > <<City>>, <<State>> <<Zip>>
    > and it will come out looking right.[/ref]

    yeah, until one's users enter a carriage return in the City or State
    (or whatever) fields, then it all goes to hell.
    Paul Guest

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    Default Re: Normal Fields & Merge Fields - best practice

    Paul Bruneau wrote: 
    >>
    >>One difference is you can enter data in a normal field, which you can
    >>not do in a merge field.
    >>
    >>Also, which is is of grat practical value, a merge field will
    >>automatically adjust its size to fit the data in each record, so you
    >>can, for example, do a layout like this:
    >><<City>>, <<State>> <<Zip>>
    >>and it will come out looking right.[/ref]
    >
    >
    > yeah, until one's users enter a carriage return in the City or State
    > (or whatever) fields, then it all goes to hell.[/ref]


    you can validate around that, using pattern count for the pilcrow
    (carriage return) and a specific message when validation fails; hey
    user/euphanism for same; you have inserted a pilcrow...

    Chris Brown
    Neurosurgery
    University of Adelaide

    Chris Guest

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