>Dbase IV and Dbase 3 are relational databases so you can store data in
>separate tables and link them via a key field. Dbase was once the best
>database for PC's - until, if I remember rightly, Microsoft killed it by
>Filemaker pro very user friendly - also can be used to publish to the web
>and older versions of it often given away on cover discs of computer mags.
>However as with everything Windows - Microsoft's own produce Access is the
>de facto standard and there are many advantages to using the industry
>standard - only problem being to make full use of it you do need to grips
>with its version of Basic.
>MySql seems to have no GUI interface which would rule it out from most
>normal mortals consideration.
However you can use Access as a front end to MySQL. There are quite a few
GUI interfaces to maintain MySQL database structures (Windows and Unix).
Point is that a MySQL datadump could, assuming that you have not used any of
the MySQL specifics, be ported to another SQL engine.
Have to say that I am coming at this from a technical viewpoint and not an
Archaeological one due to being an IT person and not an Archaeologist.....
The Historical Reenactment Web Site
(PS fond memories of the old xBase days! *smile*)