Terms used

The database, and this help file, use some technical terms you may not understand.  This chart should guide you through the most important ones.

Check box

An area on a form that looks like a small box.  When you click it, a checkmark appears.


The entire set of records.  Properly speaking, the standard set of records is called the Kerux Database.


A group of records in the database.  When you apply a filter you are creating a dataset, also called a subset or set.


The bottom layer of a database looks like a spreadsheet but an "engine" makes the records viewable; the popular engines for this database are SID and Microsoft Access.  Some users have created their own engines with dBase or other programs.  The original engine for the Kerux database was a program on a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer back in 1986, followed by the DOS program First Choice 3.0 in 1988 and Access 97 in the late 1990s.  The engine for Kerux 2010 is Access 2007, though Access 2010 can also open it.  The standalone or runtime version (freeware) contains its own engine so you don't have to purchase the Microsoft program.


Sending a collection of records (illustrations/sermons) to an external file


An area on a form that contains information.  Usually a field is white and most can be written in by you.  The official name of a field is called the FieldName.


A restriction you put on the database to limit the number of records you have to deal with.  When you ask the database to only show you records that were entered in 2009, you are putting a filter on it.


Each page you view in the program is called a form.  Some forms are simple and others are complex with multiple pages.  The Kerux Main Menu is a form and the Resources page that shows you the sermons and illustrations is a form.


Adding an external collection of records to the database.  By importing supplements you keep your database up-to-date.  The import feature is also used to add improvements to the programming behind the database.

Kerux database

The collection of records is called the Kerux database.  The "front-end engines" that display the records and help you work with them are called SID or Access.  The underlying content of all of them is the same, as long as you have downloaded all the available supplements.

Menu bar

A menu bar is a list of words at the top of a form.  On the Resources form, the menu bar has "Search, Adv. Search, Print, Close, ..."  If there are icons instead of words, it is called an Icon Bar.


A sermon illustration or sermon within the database.  Each has its own set of numbers attached to it.


Same as dataset.  A collection of records that results from a search.


A collection of records (sermons and illustrations) in a database format that can be exported from your database for others to use, or imported into your database from someone else.


The foundation of the database is tables of data which look like spreadsheets.  It is easier to view the records by means of a form.

Feel free to suggest other terms that were not immediately clear to you

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