What are Subsections?
A Subsection is a subset of a Main Section created with Rules. Imagine that you are planning a birthday party. Your Main Section might include all the tables that are available for the party. This Group works great for most Activities, but there might be some Activities that are only for kids; or some Activities that are only for parents. What do you do in this scenario? You use Subsections to create sets of "Kid's Tables" and "Adult's Tables."
Now, you could easily create new Sections for just kids and just parents, but this presents a couple of problems.
- It's a lot of work to duplicate data for tables you've already entered in your Main Section.
- If you need to update information for a table (like the number of seats available), you will need to do so in both Sections.
Subsections solve all of these problems. Subsections can easily be created from Sections using any number of specific Rules. Because they are a subset of an existing data set, any updates to the Main Section will immediately update all subsets based on that Main Section. This means that if you need to change one Place's details in the Section, these details will be updated across all associated Subsections. Finally, there is less chance for error since you won't need to enter data multiple times.
Eventene contains visual indicators to help differentiate the Main Sections from Subsections. Main Sections include a circled "M" next to their name. Additionally, the entry in the "Main Section" column will include links to the Main Section. If the Section is itself a Main Section, then this column will simply show the name of that Section.
Main Main Sections vs Subsections
So, you may still be wondering when and where to use Subsections and where Main Sections are more useful. The best application is to add all of your Places to a single Main Section and then use Subsections to create different filtered views of this data set. This reduces clutter, eliminates versioning problems, and means that you only have to maintain a single list of Places.