TIP of the day: Finding DataTypeName and value

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jan 15 2016 5:42 PM

1. Its easy enough to refer you to DataTypeName and DataType for Searches and Personal Book links. However, you may be less than pleased when the response is "No, I can't point you to a comprehensive list of them." Yes, Eli did run a complete list and showed that the list is too large to be useful. However, it is quite easy to find them. When a selection offers nothing but page number in the Reference Box and no Reference in the right-click Context Menu, there is no special DataType associated with the resource.

2. However, when there is a Reference entry in the Context Menu, there will also be an option othe than page number in the Reference Box and there is a specific DatatType for the resource. Note that where there is a datatype there may be Parallel Resources.

3. If one selects that Reference and initiate a Search, the Search will be in the standard <DataTypeName operator DataType> format. Note that the form shown in the Reference Box may be an abbreviated version of the DataType value.

4. Another example. Note that the Book of Concord has multiple DataTypes because of its multiple documents.

5. Another example. Note how the table of Contents may help you in seeing how the values are assigned.

6. Another way to identify that a special datatype exist is to check the Indexes Section of the Resource Information Panel. It doesn't show the precise coding but it tells you that it is worth looking.

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