Adding Attributes to an Entity

Once you've created an entity and added a pattern to that entity, you're ready to add an attribute or attributes.

To add an attribute to an entity:

  1. Use the cursor to select a text field on the host screen.

    Note: You can choose to auto-generate attributes by clicking the Auto-generate button but you will still have to assign variables, properties, and error conditions to these attributes on the Attribute tab.

  2. On the Attribute tab, click the New Attribute button. All of the other options on this tab will be unavailable.
  3. By default, the attribute is named Attribute_1. To change the name, select it and type a new name in the Name box.
  4. The Design Tool has now recorded the position and other defining characteristics of the attribute.

    You can accept the Design Tool's default properties, or change them on the Attribute tab.

  5. Click Apply to save your changes.

Some entities will require that you add recordset information. After adding these elements to an entity, you can define operations to navigate between entities.

Note: Object names for entities, patterns, attributes, operations, recordsets, recordset fields, and, variables are not case sensitive.

To copy an attribute:

Once you have created an attribute, you may need to create another that is similar. You can copy the attribute and then make the necessary modifications to the copy.

  1. Select the attribute you want to copy.
  2. Click the list next to the New Attribute button and select Create Copy. A new attribute with a similar name and a number appended to the end is created. Example: Password_2.
  3. Modify the new attribute so that it is distinguishable from the attribute on which it is based.