Sometimes you’ll want to share the specimen data
that you’ve collected with others in your professional circle. Other times you may want to use your data in
other applications such as charting, word processing, page layout, or
statistical modeling tools. The export
command is how you’ll do that. When
paired with the import process the export process is a great way to transfer records
between databases or between computers.
The Export command writes files in XML format. XML is an acronym for eXtensible Markup
Language. It is a standard adopted by
the World Wide Web Consortium for writing files that are “self descriptive”. The formal definition of an XML file is
contained in a data type definition (DTD) file. The DTD used by The Compleat Botanica is specified in the file CompleatBotanicaSchema.xml.
The Compleat Botanica can write five types of XML
files: specimen, filters, categories,
vernacular names, and taxonomic records. The Export
command for each of these five types is available from the File menu and is synchronized
with the current view. So to export specimen
records your current window should be one of the Specimen Views; to
export filters your current view should be the Filter view; to export custom categories your current
view should be the Categories View; to export common names your current view
should be the Vernacular Names View; and
finally, to export taxonomic records your current view should be the Checklist.
Each of the five Export operations is similar;
see the details of each by following the the instructions in the
Index to exporting data.