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When joining two tables, the fields from the source table come over to the destination table, but the attribute information does not come across.
Two possible causes.
1) The values in the join field may have trailing or leading spaces.
2) The values in the join field may not be exact matches.
A: Trying to join on a string of Land Use codes. One table contains values such as 'Residential' and 'Commercial'. The other table has 'RES' and 'COM'. ArcView does not recognize them as matches and only brings across the fields.
B: Trying join on Township Names. One table contains values such as 'SUMMIT' and 'OCONTO'. The other table has values of 'Summit' and 'Oconto'. ArcView will not recognize the values as matching and only bring across the fields.