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I am trying to create a tree structure of keywords but Tridion is not allowing me to create same child keywords under two different parent keywords.For e.g


Here both India and China are keywords inside country and both the countries have a province name abc. I am not able to assign same child keyword (both key and value) under different countries Is there a work around or i have to use description text for identifying the value

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This should be the expected behaviour. AFAIK you can not have same name keywords in a Single Category. Just imagine in case this might have been allowed, if you attach this category to a schema, then while creating component, how do you recognize which keyword to use

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Thanks Pankaj, you are correct, but putting my question other way, this requirement scenario is highly possible so just want to confirm is it a right way to use description text for putting the actual value? –  rdhaundiyal Mar 12 '14 at 7:44
To Answer in simple words - No. You may think of utilizing the Description field of the keyword –  Pankaj Gaur Mar 12 '14 at 7:45

Internally Tridion actually stores keywords linearly within a Category and uses a parent reference attribute to create a hierarchical view. That's why you can't have the same kw names.

I ran into this problem when populating a Category of Geographical locations, e.g. Country->State->City. There are cities by the same name in multiple countries and states.

The simple way to solve this is to prefix or suffix the keyword with something. In my case the city was suffixed with a state code (e.g. "Springfield, MA", "Springfield, IL").

So ask your content/taxonomy authors to be creative with the labels. If that option won't work, than you may need to separate your hierarchy into separate Categories with unique Keywords names in each.

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Thanks Nickoli, but state code is not available in my case and if i create separate category for each country that will create a lot of categories. I want to use this list in metadata of a component from where i can select a city. In this case i will be able to assign only one category to schema of that component. –  rdhaundiyal Mar 12 '14 at 16:23
No sure what you mean by "not available". You know what the parent kw is when you create the child. In your specific example you'd have the child keywords with the following titles: "abc, in" and "abc, cn". –  Nickoli Roussakov Mar 12 '14 at 16:46
By not available, I mean I do not have code for the states. Beside this if i use "abc,in" then i will have to trim the later part ",in" from each kw while using it from CD side (will be using DD4T to retrieve the keywords from broker) as i want only "abc" part of the whole keyword. Is it ok to do it that way? –  rdhaundiyal Mar 13 '14 at 4:23

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