Propagate is a
field attribute setup by the System Administrator. This attribute is
used by our programs when you change a contact record. The System
Administrator will need to make a decision to group certain fields
together so that if a user changes one of the fields in that group
than all the fields for each contact record in the entire PID group
will also be evaluated for change. The are four available Propagate
groups, 1,2,3 and 4. These numbers are also the attribute value of
the data field, value 0 is No propagation during a change of data.
A good example
of using the attribute Propagate would be the data in address and
telephone fields. If you are changing a contact record you would
mostly likely want the address and telephone data to also change for
all the contact records in a given PID group. Any field can be made
to be propagate. Some other examples are customer or account number fields.
your System Administrator setup the propagate attribute for data
fields, you will see four boxes at the bottom of the screen when you
make a change to a data field (that has been designated propagate).
These four boxes represent the grouping of like fields and will
contain either a default value of N for No or Y for Yes. If you want
to propagate the changes that you have made throughout every contact
record in that PID group you will need to ensure that the boxes are
updated to Y before you press Enter.
Administrator may require that all data field changes that require
propagation be done on the first contact record in the PID group. To
move to the first contact record in any PID Group all you need to do
is press the = (equal) button on your keyboard. Once you have updated
the four boxes to Y for Yes and pressed Enter, all records in that
PID group will be changed to your new data.