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Q1:Isn't XML much more complicated than simple tab- and comma-delimited files?
A1: All those formats are designed for data transfer, not for human readability. XML could be even more complicated than it is (and it really is not very complicated), and it still would shine as a data transfer tool in view of the fact that it is designed for application programs to read and write it. Some programs (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer) format XML with colors and indentations so that it is easy to read when you are debugging it.
Q2:Can you import the example XML file back into FileMaker?
A2: Importing related data generally requires some massaging. The simplest way is to work from a flattened table—that is, one with no relationships or with only one-to-one relationships. In this case, the table would be the Asset Management table. There are several strategies you could pursue. One would be to do two imports: one into the Asset Management table and the second into the Contact Management table. (Using the relationship, you can access all the Contact Management fields from Asset Management.) You would have to eliminate duplicate contacts.


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