Using Chronolator Samples
Exercise 7 - Forcing events into order

Sometimes you might not know at what time events happened on a particular day, but you do know their order. Chronolator’s Sequence column lets you specify that order.



What to expect and other comments


Read Chronolator Toolbars and About the Exercises if you have not already done so.


Open SampleCompositeChronologyHealth.


Look at the events of July  15 2013. They are obviously in the wrong order - for example, in the first one the baby has collapsed, while in the second one, the baby was well.

Events in wrong order


Press Tools > Sequencing > Add Column:

Add Sequence Column button

A column headed Seq is added to the left of the table. It contains reference numbers, starting at 1 and increasing by 1:

Events in wrong order
An Administrator can define a Sequencing column when setting up the document, or  - as in this exercise - it can be added later.


Scroll down to the first two events of March 15: references 16 and 17.

Events in wrong order


Type the correct sequence numbers in the Seq column:

Events in wrong order


Press Sort Tables > Ascending:

Sort Ascending button

The events are put into the correct order:

Events in wrong order
You do not always have to update sequence numbers in all the events, as Sort Tables recognises decimal numbers. For example, suppose that you now wanted to put event 19 between events 16 and 17 (this does not make sense in terms of the story, but we will do it here just to illustrate the feature).


Replace the 19 in the event with a number between 16 and 17 – 16.5 say:

Events in wrong order


Press Sort Tables > Ascending:

Sort Ascending button

The events are put into the requested order:

Events in wrong order


The decimal reference number is probably not what you want. Now that events are in the right order, you can update the numbers.

Press Tools > Sequencing > Update - sequential:

Events in wrong order

The Seq column is updated with whole numbers:

Events in wrong order


Close SampleCompositeChronologyHealth without saving changes.

In this exercise, you have seen that: