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Tech Writing - Field Dependency correct term here?

Hi,

Suppose (redacted example) I have an application to measure running statistics.

First field (UNITS) is a drop-down menu with the choices (MILES, KILOMETERS, OTHER)
The subsequent fields are determined by the first field.
If UNITS = MILES,:
    One field (Mi.) displays, with numeric input.
If UNITS = KILOMETERS
    One field (Km.) displays, with numeric input.
If UNITS = OTHER
    Two fields display:
        CUSTOM UNIT (text field to enter whatever you want (e.g. meters, furlongs, etc.)
        DISTANCE (where you enter a numeric value e.g. 3 for 3 furlongs).

Is it correct to say that there's a field dependency between the subsequent fields and UNITS? I've heard of that term used if a field's available values depend on some other field

http://www.salesforcetutorial.com/field-dependency-in-salesforce/

but how about in this case? (I'm not using Salesforce, my friend Google found it. :) )

Thanks,
Steve
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can say field dependency in your context, or field prerequisite.  The second is older terminology and the former is more common terminology
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
As I thought. Thanks!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I am always happy to help you whenever I can.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Steve,
Field Dependency (dependent fields) is a fine term, and another term for it is conditional field. Here's a discussion on it at a popular software product, Drupal:
https://www.drupal.org/project/conditional_fields

Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Oops...when I hit submit, I see that you already closed it. Oh, well...
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
>>Oops...when I hit submit, I see that you already closed it. Oh, well...
@Joe - What can I say? I have fast fingers. Especially when I want to close out this issue so I can cook dinner. :)

PS-I love how you're both online on a Friday evening. Dedication.
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