Entity Index

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Quick Steps

  • Press <Ctrl+E> at any time; or
  • Choose 'Tools|Entity Index' from the main menu
  • See the Table of Contents, on the right, or page down to access instructions for the following functions:
    • Search the Entity Index
    • Open a record
    • Open the R-Tree for a record
    • Delete a record

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Detailed Steps

The Entity Index (EI) is a table of all of the records that you have created in RIMMF.

To access the EI, you can either:

  • Press <Ctrl+E> at any time; or
  • Choose 'Tools|Entity Index' from the main menu

Each RIMMF record in a database has one entry in this table.

To make it easer to find a record, you can sort your list by any column, by clicking on the header of the column. The list above is sorted by 'Composite Key'.1)

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To search the Entity Index

  • Find the 'Enter search here' box at the bottom of the screen
  • Enter a word or word you would like to find
    • Hit <Enter>
    • All of the records containing the word will be highlighted, but you may have to go up and down the page to see them all
  • To clear a previous search, click the [X] button
  • To make a search 'case-sensitive', click the 'Case' box

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To open a record

  • Double-click on the record to open (this shows only the elements that contain data); or
  • Select the record to open
    • Click the 'Open selection' button to open the record (this shows only the elements that contain data); or
    • Click the down arrow on the right of the button to choose a template in which to open the record (this shows all elements included in the template whether or not they contain data);

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To open the R-Tree for a record

  • Select the record to open
  • Click the 'Open in R-Tree' button
  • The R-Tree for the WEMI set will display; see The R-Tree for more details

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To delete a record

  • Select the record to open
  • Click the 'Delete selection' button
    • If the Confirmation tells you that this record is linked to other records, then follow the instructions to open the record and then go to the R-Tree and find each record and note down the RIMMF Identifier (RID) of those linked records, in case you want to delete all of the records in the set
  • Confirm or reject deletion
    • If you confirm deletion:
      • and the record is not linked to other records, the record will be deleted
      • and the record is linked to other records, then the links in the other records will be deleted and the record will be deleted
    • If you reject deletion (No), the process is canceled

IMPORTANT

Always use the 'Delete' button on the Entity Index to remove records. Deleting the record file itself (in Windows Explorer, for example), does not delete the record's links, and these links are very central to RIMMF's role as a visualization tool.

1) The EI can be arranged, sorted, and filtered on all of the columns shown above (for general instructions on this, see How to use the DB Grids in RIMMF
menu/entityindex.txt · Last modified: 2013/04/27 09:10 (external edit)
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