Is there a way to see the possible values of a specific coded value domain in arcmap 9.3.1 (I have no access to the SDE which holds all the data in arcCatalog)?
Are you asking about outside of an edit session?
If you have access to the data in arcmap you have access to the data in arccatalog.
In arcmap there is a small button at the top with a "yellow file cabinet" catalog.
If you access the data in arcmap, ArcCatalog is how that connection is created.
Does IT have that locked down?
a. If you have the data in arcmap and you go to the layer properties> symbology dialog.
Select the domain field on categories, and add all values.
b. If you can edit when you are in an edit session and select the field (in the attribute table) it should be a pulldown with all the possible values.
Hope I'm not stepping on any IT toes here, but...
when you open arcmap if you don't have to type a password then you have a connection to sde with the password in it.
They may have it hidden in a secured location but the normal place for those *.sde files is in the... C:\Documents and Settings\myusername\Application Data\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcCatalog\Connection to mysde.sde.
If you open arccatalog and go to the sde connection and right click> select properties "not connection properties"
That dialog has two valuable pieces of information.
one the location of the sde (connection) file.
two the name and values of the domains. Note the domains tab (v10 may not be true for 9.3.1)
Once you have acces to that connection you could do the following.
OR request your admin do it for you.
Just create a one time table for you to use as reference. go to arctoolbox...
use the domain to table tool to create a txt, dbf, gdb table, or info file (gdb table shown)you can use in arcmap, or excel.
Have you tried running the Domain to Table tool? This will give you a listing of all domains and associated code values. And it is available at all license levels.