Keep symbology definition in lyr file's properties tab, even when original data is lost

Idea created by jfbellemare on Oct 4, 2011
    Layer (.lyr) files are the only way to save legend symbologies since ArcView 3's .avl file has been deprecated.  But if a lyr's original file is no longer available, its symbology description tab shows up blank.  If you try to use it by importing it, you have to guess at what the Value Fields might have been (pretty tricky if you're not the original creator of the lyr file).
    It would be nice to return to a true legend file format, or to have the lyr file retain the intended symbology information in its properties tab.

    Lyr file: