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Sergej Ivanov
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Hi, I got stuck with building a proper relationship scheme.

I'm making an database with several tables. One table contains information on archaeological features (key field Feature ID), another contains data on documentation. One document may contain information on several features, for this reason in documentation table I've created several fields (Feature ID 1, Feature ID 2, etc). The two tables are related through Feature ID=Feature ID 1; in the second table I've made a self-relation between all Feature ID fields.

In the Features layout I've made a portal displaying related records from Documentation table. Unfortunately it only displays related to the first field (Feature ID 1), while other fields (Feature ID 2, etc) seem remain unrelated. 

What do I do wrong? Thank you!

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Well, then you have a many-to-many relationship - and the proper way to resolve it is through a join table. See a basic demo of a join table here:
http://fmforums.com/topic/50942-portal-grouping-problem/?do=findComment&comment=239210

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In some cases, you may use a multi-key field in one of the tables instead of a join table. For example, you could use a checkbox field in the Documents table to tick off all the features that the document describes. But there are severe limitations to this method: mainly, you cannot record any attributes of a specific join - for example, the page on which this feature is described in this document. You also won't be able to produce a proper report of documents by feature, or features by document.

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