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    Profile (Access 97)

    I am creating a database that part of the fields will be populated manually and the other fields will be imported from a text file. When I asked a question about the names of these fields, I was told we will be making a profile and mapping the fields. I am going to be creating forms and reports in this database. Is anyone familiar with mapping or creating a profile. When I go to a meeting, I can see just how much I don't know. Thanks for your help.....

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    Re: Profile (Access 97)

    Perhaps they mean an import specification. When you import a text file (File/Get External Data/Import...), Access starts the Import Wizard. Here, you can specify the details of the import. When you have set all options manually the first time, you can save your settings as an import specification by clicking on the Advanced... button in the Wizard dialog. The next time you import a similar text file, you can retrieve these settings.

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    Re: Mapping Fields ?Access 97)

    I don't think that is what was meant by profiling and mapping. If anyone else has any idea of what is involved, I would be very grateful for the info.

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    Re: Mapping Fields ?Access 97)

    If it's not what Hans was referring to (a stored import specification), then it's not a term specifically pertaining to Access, so any answer would just be a guess.

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    Re: Mapping Fields ?Access 97)

    Why don't you bite the bullet and ask them what they mean by Profile and mapping.
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    Re: Mapping Fields ?Access 97)

    That sounds suspiciously like they're planning to exchange data with Outlook 97 or 98, which use profiles and have fields that need to be mapped.

    In any case, the best advice is to ask them exactly what that means. It isn't an indication of incompetence to ask that kind of question. I do it all the time, even if I suspect I know the answer. Clients and IT people have a habit of floating their jargon past you without stopping to think that it might not mean the same thing at all in another context. Sometimes it's just bluff too, to see whether you will call them on it. When beginning a project, always ask for specific definitions. Assumptions will get everyone in trouble.
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