Well… to answer part of my own question… no it’s not that easy. I started by copying just the top three lines of my Writer table, rather than the entire 1,274 lines. Figured it would go faster.
It had asked me when I set up the table if I wanted a primary key field for indexing, which would be an auto-incrementing value, and I included that, but hadn’t included a column for that in my Writer table, so immediately my columns didn’t line up. Backed out and removed that field, and tried again (figured I can always put it back in later.)
Got an error message saying “Wrong data type: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException Continue anyway?” I said yes.
One of the fields should have had a date in it, but it was empty. Went back to the Writer table and changed the date format on those three lines from mm/dd/yyyy to mm-dd-yyyy, and tried again. No difference.
I also included links in my Writer table to the images in a folder on my hard drive. At first I didn’t have that, but included it in my second try – both times it just shows [OBJECT] in that field, so I don’t know if that information is going through or not.
I’m going to need to add more fields once I get the table uploaded – a description field and tag fields for each entry, which I’m not including in the Writer table because it’s already cumbersome. Any help I can get with this whole process would be very much appreciated!
(For the record, I used to use dBase/dBxl back in the late '80s, early '90s, but haven’t used a database since about 1996, so I’m rusty but not completely uninformed.)