Category Manager

The category manager component enables you to define data categories which you can bind to dropdown fields in the interface.

To open the category manager:

  • Click  Terminology >  Customize >  Category Manager .

The category manager interface is grouped into two sections for editing System Categories and Custom Categories.

  • System Categories are bound to system fields and cannot be deleted.
  • Custom Categories are user-defined data categories. The Terminology Manager comes installed with a default set of custom categories which are bound to default custom fields.

The category names are displayed in a tree view which illustrates the hierarchical nature of categories in the Terminology Manager.

At the top level of the tree are the Category Names, which are collapsed by default. You can expand each category name to see the List Items contained within the category, and in turn expand a list item to see Sublist Items.

The category hierarchy supports three levels of list items. You can use the list-item hierarchy to add sublist items and organize them into groups.

The following example is taken from the ISO 12620 A.4 recommendation for domains, and illustrates how you can hierarchically organize the system category 'domain' in the category tree view.

Data Categories

Data Categories are essential for the management of any data, including terminology. According to the ISO 12620 standard Computer applications in terminology - Data Categories, data categories organize the data items which appear in individual terminological entries.

In the Terminology Manager, the more general term 'field' replaces the ISO concept of the data category. The term 'data category' describes a more specific list of distinct values which you can edit to model a specific term attribute.

In practical terms, a data category is bound to a dropdown field in the Terminology Manager interface, and populates the dropdown field with list items. Most data categories have the same name as the fields they are bound to.

For example, the term edit page has a dropdown field labeled 'gender' which displays the list of items masculine, feminine, neuter and other from the data category 'gender'.

The Terminology Manager enables you to edit existing data categories, to create your own custom data categories, and to bind these categories to new fields.

Create Custom Categories

To create a custom category follow these steps:

  1. Click Add New Category.
  2. In the dialog, type the name of the category.
  3. (Optional) Select the Display Name option and enter a display name for the category.
  4. Click OK.

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