Access 2007 - relationship

Posted on 2011-02-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am at a loss in setting up the following design.
My OS is windows 7.
I have a main table called tblContacts, and one of the fields is called 'Responsible for'.

There is another table called tblResponsible4' which has only 2 fields, 1 is an ID and the other called Resp4.

One contact can be responsible for more than 1 item.  But  there is only 1 field on the main table called 'Responsible for' to capture the data which is entered via Form using a combo box.   Would I need to duplicate the record and then enter the new data for the 'Resp 4'
eg : Mr. A is responsible for 'Food' and 'Drinks'
or even more than 2 or just only 1 item.
Hope someone can send me a simple design of  how this is achieved. thank u.
Question by:jegajothy
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 167 total points
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you need to create a junction table

tblContacts          contactResp            tblResponsible4
ID            1 ------M   ContactID
                                RespID      M ------ ID

see this demo

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ID: 34920270
make relaen tion between the 2 tables in sort to give the person id to the items
ex: the ID 4 mr a to food and drinks

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ID: 34921344
Can someone please take a look and fix the attached table.  It has only one record in the Committee table and in the main table 105.  I just cannot understand the logic or how to do it. thank u. email-database.accdb
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
Jeffrey Coachman earned 333 total points
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1. <I have a main table called tblContacts, and one of the fields is called 'Responsible for'.>
Not in the DB you posted...

2. Even so, the SeniorsClub table is missing a primary key...
Hence you cannot set up a true 1-->M

3. It is difficult to tell form the DB you posted, if the relationship needs to One to Many or many to many.
<One contact can be responsible for more than 1 item.>
...note that your sample does not contain an Items table either...
causing further confusion...

<I just cannot understand the logic or how to do it.>
Then please study up on relationships *before* building and relating your tables.

A typical One to many is like this:


In other words, One customer can have many Orders.

A typical Many to Many would be like this:



In this case one Class can have many Students *AND* one Student can have many Classes.

So again, it is not clear what your actual structure *should* be.

So study what we have all posted here, and post back with your revised Question.


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by:Jeffrey Coachman
Jeffrey Coachman earned 333 total points
ID: 34962208 a nutshell, the tables in the DB you posted (especially the SeniorsClub table) do not appear to be properly "Normalized".
So you may want to research this first: al

You also have issues with not having a Standardized naming convention for your tables or fields.: al



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