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Comment: Migrated to Confluence 4.0

Many lists of objects in FileMaker give us the option to view those objects in alphabetical order. In calculation dialogs, the list of available functions is in alphabetical order (even when you choose to group functions by type), for example. Related objects will cluster together in alphabetically sorted lists if they begin with the same characters. By prefixing related objects with the same word(s), developers can suggest that they represent similar information or that they are inter-compatible in some way.

city
fax
firstName
lastName
mobile
postCode
phone
state

Bad

addressCity
addressPostCode
addressState
nameFirst
nameLast
phone
phoneFax
phoneMobile

Good

The general rule of thumb is to name in the direction of general or wider scope to more specific scope. This forces grouping when a list is sorted in alphabetical order.

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