What is a “category” in ASSET MANAGER data?
A “Category” is a data field that enables you to define the acceptable values that can be entered in that column. In some cases, such as the “Description” for a facility or structure, you will usually have a unique entry for each record. But in other cases, you may want to be able to select from a list of choices (or categories) so that some records can have the same value, avoiding typographical errors, differences in upper and lower case, etc. For example, in the Category field for Facilities, you might want the choices “Licensed”, “Proposed”, “Under Construction”, or “Abandoned”, so you can assign one of these to each facility. You can create a new category for a particular record type by simply typing in the new value. That value will be automatically added to the list of options for that data. Each database in ASSET MANAGER has its own category list. For example, with the Facilities categories listed above, you could also have a different list for Structures, such as “Building Roo