[thelist] DB Schema Design

Hershel Robinson hershel at galleryrobinson.com
Mon May 8 13:56:26 CDT 2006

I have been informed off list, by someone who knows far better than I, 
that the schema proposed is indeed considered normalized. Details of 
third normal form (3NF) can be found here:


and the schema described fits the definition.

Beyond that, however, I have now also learned that the concept of the 
schema proposed is not a new idea. It is known in DB circles as 'one 
true lookup table' or OTLT and a quick search in Google confirms that in 
general it is considered to not be the best schema available, for a 
myriad of reasons, some of which have indeed already been brought up by 

Don't let me feign any false sense of authority on this subject, 
however. Let the debate carry on...  :)


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