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Hour 21. Database Documentation > Preparing an Application to Be Self-Documenti...

Preparing an Application to Be Self-Documenting

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

Documenting Tables

The Documenter prints all field and table descriptions that you enter in the design of a table. Figure 21.1 shows a table in Design view. Notice the descriptions for the ClientID and StateProvince fields. These descriptions provide additional information that is not readily obvious from looking at the field names. The Table Properties window also contains a Description property. The Documenter includes this property when you print a table's documentation.


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