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2.4.2 Naming Record Types

It is up to you how to name your record sets. Any string comprising only alphanumeric characters or underscores, and that starts with a letter will be a legal name. However, it is recommended to use the singular form of a noun in order to describe the “type” of the records in the records set. Examples are Article, Contributor, Employee and Movement.

The used noun should be specific enough in order to characterize the property of the records which matters. For example, in a contributor’s database it would be better to have a record set named Contributor than Person.

The reason of using singular nouns instead of their plural forms is that it works better with the utilities: it is more natural to read recsel -t Contributor (-t is for “type”) than recsel -t Contributors.