I have a branch element that has other element under it. When I create an element reference using the top element. the sub elements are copies and not reference elements. Is this correct? or should they all be refences?
They're not actual copies. Child elements are part of the parent element. If you are familiar with object oriented programming, child elements are included in the Elements property of an AFElement:
When you have an element reference, the reference includes the child elements. The UI displays the child elements other the referenced element, though there is only 1 copy of the child elements stored in the AF SQL database.
Thank you for such a fast answer. I guess my confusion was on how the icon in the PSE displays the references with the small arrow, but the child do not.
Yeah I agree this is confusing in PSE. However placing an arrow on the child elements would be inaccurate as they are not references. If you access the element reference and then access the child elements you are accessing the child elements directly...
We could create an enhancement request on user voice to have this improved in future version. I'm not sure what would be the best way to display these child elements in PSE. Do you have a suggestion?
Just me learning my way. Simply new at building out an AF structure and want to make sure I understand the various aspects.
Originally I had been creating "copies" of elements, then realized the reference concept, and so I wanted to make sure I was building out the structure as efficient as possible.
Thanks. Learning AF in small steps. .
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