Guidelines for Creating Field Names

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  • Create a unique, descriptive name that is meaningful to the entire organization.

  • Create a name that accurately, clearly, and unambiguously identifies the characteristic a field represents.

  • Use the minimum number of words necessary to convey the meaning of the characteristic the field represents.

  • Do not use acronyms, and use abbreviations judiciously.

  • Do not use words that could confuse the meaning of the field name.

  • Do not use names that implicitly or explicitly identify more than one characteristic.

  • Use the singular form of the name.


Part II: The Design Process