after reviewing the first 3 normal forms for databases, i realize i have probably have been misusing the term 'normalization'. as an example, if i have a table that represents an address:
if there is alot of records, i dont want to have a character value for state. it takes up too much space and prone to errors from misspellings. so i decide to create another table called state with a primary key and a varchar for the longname and a char(2) for the abbreviation.
i used to call this 'normalization'. but i don't see where in the first three normal forms that this is relevant.
i think alot of people would call this 'normalization'. i know this is a small semantic issue but is the terminology false?