Editing Unit-to-Unit Relationship Records

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You create or modify unit-to-unit relationship records by clicking New Unit Unit Relationship or Edit in the View section of Coding Definitions | Relationships.

When you create a relationship record, you specify two English phrases for what the relationship means. For example, here is a relationship that can be used between a room (the first unit) and a heater (the second unit).

When you create a relationship, we strongly recommend that you test it out immediately to make sure you have the two phrases in the right order.

The editor for creating unit-to-unit relationship records contains the following:

Details section: Basic information about the relationship.

Code: An identification code for this relationship.

Description: A more detailed description of the relationship.

B As Related to A Phrase: A phrase describing the second unit's connection with the first. In our example above, this would be heats.

A As Related to B Phrase: A phrase describing the first unit's connection with the second. In our example above, this would be is heated by.

Comments: Any comments you want to associate with this relationship.

Unit Related Units section: Lists pairs of units that make use of this relationship.

A Unit Location: This column lists the "first units" that use this relationship.

B Unit Location: This column lists the second units that correspond to the first units.

New Unit Related Unit: Opens a window that lets you specify a relationship between two units. For more information, see Unit-to-Unit Relationships.

Edit: This drop-down button offers several possible actions:

Edit: Opens an editor window to let you edit the selected record.

View: Opens an editor window where you can examine the selected record.

Delete: Deletes the record that's currently selected.

Search: Lets you search through the list of records for a particular record. For more information, see Searching for a Particular Record. The Search button has an accompanying drop-down list containing the following:

Find Next: Uses the same search condition(s) as your most recent search and finds the next record in the table that matches the condition(s). If the search reaches the end of the table without finding a matching record, it goes to the start of the table and continues the search.

Find Previous: Same as Find Next except that it goes backward in the table. If the search reaches the start of the table without finding a matching record, it goes to the end of the table and continues the search.

Refresh: Updates the list to reflect any recent changes.

Save & New: Saves the current record and sets up the window for you to enter a new record. Fields in the new record will be blank or set to default values.

Save: Saves the current record. The editor window stays open in case you want to make more changes to the same record.

Save & Close: Saves the current record and closes the editor window.

Cancel: Closes the window without saving any changes you've made to the record since the last time you saved. When you Save the record, the Cancel button changes to Close, indicating that you can safely close the window without losing any changes.

Close: Closes the window. This button only appears after you've saved changes with Save or before you've entered any data at all. Otherwise, the button is labeled Cancel.

For more on relationship records, see Relationships. For more on viewing such records, see Viewing Relationship Records. For more on editors in general, see Using Editors.

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