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How to use Characteristic text master data?

Say Material Char, I use the text master data to save Material name and itself only keeps Material ID. Other guy use two Chars, one Material Char for Material ID and one Materialname Char for name.

I always use Char itself for ID and text master data for name. Is it right way? Which way is better, that guy or mine? Why?

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    Posted on Jan 07, 2005 at 08:01 AM

    Hi Robert,

    There are some definite advantages by using the text master data instead of defining the same as an attribute.

    If just create texts for a characteristic, without maintaining attributes. When you are loading texts, the entries in the SID table are retrieved automatically.

    Most importantly make available for translation purposes.

    This is automatically visible in the infocube and also saves you the creation of an infoObject for this 'desc/name' if not already available in the system.

    It is a question of trade-offs and business requirement.

    If you wish to extensively query on the Mat. Charname, then it makes more senses to include it as a navigational attribute rather than a text master data.

    Best Regards,


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