Great, thanks, it works!
Now then, why did I do it you ask?
1)I am doing an asset inventory of all of our computers, periferals,
software, IPs, etc and I thought I'd split things up into small
databases to keep them manageable.
If I want to find an IP (on the IP.fm5), I figured it might be nice to
know what computer it belongs to, who owns it, room number, etc...
most of which is located on a different DB (Computers.fm5), so I just
portal this info into IP.fm5.
I have built my DBs on a FM6 template which has different layouts in
the form of 'tabs' and display merge fields across the top of the
body. So in IP.fm5, I have the body which only holds IP and Domain
fields, a tab for 'User' and another tab for 'History'. On the body I
wanted merge fields to display the IP, the user and the room number...
the later 2 are on Computer.fm5.
Soooo... now when I browse IP.fm5, IP is presented in big bold orange
letters as are the user and room number which are ported in from
2) I am a complete Fm n00b and don't know if a better way. I suppose I
could have just put portals where the merge fields are, but my way
seems more orderly (i.e. all the editable user fields are under the
If you think I'm making a grave error, please let me know.
Lee Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:<BD2D7328.email@example.com>...
> in article firstname.lastname@example.org, Budy at
> email@example.com wrote on 7/28/04 2:39 PM:
> > You know in the FM6 Pro templates where they have the <<Item>> display
> > the value in the Item field?
> > How would you display a field from a related DB?
> > I imagine it would require a portal with a button in it or something,
> > but I can't make it work.
> > TX!
> The field <<Item>> is a merge field. You access them by going into Layout
> Mode - Menu Bar - Insert - Merge Field (Cmd M on a Mac).
> In order to utilize a field from a second database like this, you would have
> to have a relationship established. It would be no different than one you
> would use for a portal.
> I have never done this, and I'm curious as to why you would want to?