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Introduction: About Getting Started How To
Topics: Concepts Template Style Guide Frequently Asked Questions
Viewers: Manager Publication Information Situation Information
Multi. Arg. Uni. Arg. Derivative Question Uni. Arg. Primitive Question
Multi. Tmp. Uni. Tmp. Derivative Question Uni. Tmp. Primitive Question
Table Viewer Summary Viewer Memos
Collection Manager Collection Viewers Merging Tool
Glossary: Buttons Symbols Terms

Merging Tool

TIP: Click on the buttons and symbols in the images to view the corresponding glossary entries.

Here the Merging Tool has been invoked while the user was working on the left most primitive question of a uni-dimensional argument (i.e., ECONOMIC.IRAQ-99). "To" appearing above this argument's name and navigation map indicates that it is currently designated as the target for merging information from another (yet to be selected) argument. Empty appearing in the From area indicates that no argument has yet been selected to fill that role.

Here an argument (i.e., Economic.Feb 26 Iraq 1999) has been selected as the source of information From which to select items for merging into the target (i.e., To) argument. In the navigation maps corresponding to both arguments, the lower left most nodes have dark borders, indicating that their corresponding primitive questions are the foci for merging. The column below each argument lists different types of information found at the selected question. If a given type of information is only found on one of the two selected questions, then it is not listed for either. A banner, labeled with a type of information, appears immediately above the listing of information for that type. If the information of a given type is identical for both questions, or is not otherwise a candidate for merging, then the banners are grey, as are the backgrounds for their listings. If the information of a given type is a candidate for merging (e.g., because they differ between the questions), the banners are blue and the listings have white backgrounds. If the elements in the listing for the From argument have a check box preceding them, then they are candidates for merging into the To argument.


Pushing the discovery button, the first of one or two buttons in the To and From fields, will bring up a browsing window where an arugment/template can be selected. Once an argument/template has been selected (see template example below), positioning the cursor over a node in the navigation map will cause a pop-up to display the corresponding question topic and text, while clicking on a node will change the focal question to the one that corresponds to that node. An inspect button appears adjacent to each argument/template's name. Pushing it will launch the Hierarchical Viewer/Editor on the focal question. Clicking on the swap arrow symbol, between the To and From fields will exchange the roles played by the two arguments/templates.

Once two arguments/templates have been selected and focal questions designated, items can be selected for merging. This is done by checking the boxes adjacent to items in the From argument/template. The All and None boxes, just below the navigation map, can be used to check all items and none in the From argument/template, respectively; similar buttons appearing beneath a banner for a given type of information, do the same, but restricted to items of that type. Once one or more items have been selected for merging, pushing the merge button will cause them to be copied to the To argument/template; pushing the cancel button will exit this tool without making any further modifications. When Fusion Methods , Choices, and Answer items are merged, they replace the corresponding items in the From argument/template; all other items are appended to those already in the From argument/template.

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