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Chapter 34. Documenting Your System > Preparing Your Application to Be Self-Doc...

Preparing Your Application to Be Self-Documenting

Fortunately, Access ships with an excellent tool to assist you with the process of documenting your database: the Database Documenter. Although this tool can be used without any special preparation on your part, a little bit of work as you build the components of your application can go a long way toward enhancing the value of the output supplied by the Database Documenter.

Documenting Your Tables

The Database Documenter prints all field and table descriptions entered in the design of a table. Figure 34.1 shows a table in Design view. Notice the descriptions for the ClientID and StateProvince fields. These descriptions provide additional information that is not obvious by looking at the field names. The Table Properties window also contains a Description property. This property is included in the documentation for the table when it is printed in the Database Documenter.


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