The Linguist's Shoebox

Integrated data management and analysis for the field linguist


Enter different kinds of information in separate data fields.

At the time when you enter data, it might seem convenient to combine different kinds of information in the same field. However, you could lose the ability to access it in useful ways when you analyze the data. If you limit data fields to a single purpose, you can use the following Shoebox features more effectively:

Although database records will tend to be longer when they are displayed on the screen in Shoebox, the data fields can be combined in printouts if you export in Rich Text Format (RTF) using a Consistent Changes table. Here is an example of this principle from the Multi-Dictionary Formatter (MDF).

Note: This principle also applies to entering multiple items of the same kind of information in multiple data fields, instead of combining them in a single field.

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