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Initial Values in Table

I am confused as to the purpose of the Initial Values flag when creating a table.

When you create a table, according to the documentation, all fields are set to be NOT NULL. It is only when fields are added are they NULLable.

Yet the Initial values flag is only checked for primary key fields, from the tables that I've looked at. And primary keys, by definition, are NOT NULL, anyway.

Therefore it leads me to wonder why have this flag at all? It doesn't tell you anything about the underlying fields in the database.

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