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If data fields can occur multiple times in a record, set up the marker hierarchy.

Most data that you might manage using Shoebox has a simple outline structure. When there are multiple occurrences of data fields, Shoebox uses the hierarchical relationships to determine which fields go with which. For example, a lexical database record can contain multiple lexical functions. Each \lf lexical function can have multiple \lv values "under" it (i.e., there can be multiple lexemes that have that particular semantic relationship to the headword of the entry). Each \lv value can have \le, \ln, and \lr glosses "under" it. In Shoebox, a well-chosen combination of sorting and browsing options together with a well-defined marker hierarchy can help you explore the meaning of lexemes systematically within their culturally associated relationships. To set up the hierarchy,

  1. Choose Properties from the Database menu. Shoebox displays the list of markers on the Markers tab of the Database Type Properties dialog box. For each marker, you can see which marker it is under in the hierarchy (e.g., \lv is under \lf).
  2. Select a marker and click Modify. Shoebox displays the General tab of the Marker Properties dialog box.
  3. From the Under what in the Hierarchy list, select the appropriate marker.
  4. Click OK.
  5. For each marker that can occur multiple times in a record, repeat steps 2, 3 and 4.
  6. Click OK.
  7. To display the hierarchical relationships of data fields in a record, choose Marker Hierarchy from the View menu.

Note: Marker hierarchy settings are contained in database type files. It is already set up in the files that are installed with Shoebox (e.g., MDF.typ).

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