Dictionary E-type records

Dictionary E-type records

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An E-type record defines a data item stored in a data collection file and has the definition shown below.

 

1:E  { descriptive text }
2:Element path. This may include use of an asterisk to reference all elements of an array as a multivalued item as described for the ELEMENT query processor keyword.
3:{ Conversion code }
4:{ Display name. This will be used as the default column heading by the query processor. A special value of a backslash character can be used to specify that no heading is to be displayed. The text can commence with 'R'  (including the quotes) to right justify the heading, 'X' to suppress the normal dot filler characters, or 'RX' to apply both modifications. If the display name is multivalued, each value appears as a separate line.}
5:Format specification
6:Single/multivalue flag. Set as S if the field is always single valued or M if it can be multivalued.
7:{ Association name. Where a multivalued field has a value by value relationship with some other multivalued item defined in the same dictionary, this name links the items together. See Associations for more details. }
8:Available for user use in any way. Not referenced by QM.
9-10:Reserved for internal use.
11:Available for user use in any way. Not referenced by QM.

Fields 12 onwards are reserved for internal use and users should not assume anything about their content.

 

 

See also:

Data collections, ELEMENT