Every data file normally has an associated dictionary which describes the structure of the data records in the file. The dictionary is normally only used by the query processor and a few other commands. Application developers may find it useful to construct data structure definitions from the dictionary for use in programs using the GENERATE command.
It is possible to create a file that has no dictionary or for multiple files to share a common dictionary.
A dictionary contains the following types of record, identified by the leading characters of field 1.
The names given to A, C, D, E, I and S-type dictionary records are the names used in queries to reference the field. Every field to be used in query processor sentences must have a corresponding dictionary record. There may be multiple dictionary references to a single field thus allowing synonyms for query processor commands, perhaps with different default display characteristics.
Field 11 of all data definition record types (A, C, D, E, I, S) is reserved for user use.
Dictionary record types Y and Z will never be defined as part of the standard QM product and are available for whatever purpose a developer may find useful. Other type codes not listed above may be defined in future releases and should therefore be avoided.