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free-form data

Data that does not reside in fixed locations. Text in a word processing document is a typical example. Contrast with structured data. See free-form database.

free-form database

A database system that allows entry of unstructured text without regard to length or order. Although it accepts text input like a word processor, it differs by providing better methods for searching, retrieving and organizing the data.

Structured Vs. Unstructured
The Info Select window at top provides a free-form approach to recording an address. The Lotus Organizer dialog at the bottom provides fixed fields for common data. Usually, people strongly prefer one method over the other if there is a choice.

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framesfree-form database
framesetfree-form fabrication
frameworkfree-form language
framing bitfree-form manufacturing
FREDfree-form text
free and open sourcefree Internet service
free and open source softwarefree ISP
Free Basicsfree mail
free emailFree-PC
free formfree premium

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