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Sams Teach Yourself SharePoint® 2010 Development in 24 Hours by Vinu Santhakumari, Manpreet Singh, Sohail Sayed

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Understanding Content Types

While you have worked with site columns in isolation up to this point, you always find yourself using site columns through content types. A content type is a reusable collection of metadata (columns), workflow, behavior, and many other settings. Content types help to categorize data. Say that you have a list that stores vehicle information. You may be storing information on different types of vehicles like cars, trains, ships, and airplanes. Each of these has some attributes specific to them. You can create separate content types for them. For example, you can have a LandVehicle content type that has attributes such as title, speed, and number of tires. You can have another content type called FlyingVehicles that has ...

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