Adding Patterns to an Entity

To add a pattern to an entity:

  1. Once you've created an entity, use the cursor to select a static section of the host screen to create a pattern.

    Each pattern can have up to 259 characters. Note: You can choose to auto-generate patterns by clicking the Auto-generate button, but you will still have to assign properties and error conditions to these patterns on the Pattern tab.

  2. On the Pattern tab, click the New Pattern button. All of the other options on this tab will be unavailable.
  3. By default, the pattern is named Pattern_1. To change the name, select it and type a new name in the Name box.

    The Design Tool has now recorded the position, properties, and the signature parameters of the pattern.

  4. Click Apply to save your changes.
  5. Now, add attributes to identify text fields on the entity.

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

To copy a pattern:

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

  1. Select the pattern you want to copy.
  2. Click the list next to the New Pattern button and select Create Copy. A new operation with a similar name and a number appended to the end is created. Example: Pattern_2_2.
  3. Modify the new pattern so that it is distinguishable from the pattern on which it is based.
    Note:If you copy a pattern that is configured to be a signature pattern for an entity, be sure to edit the pattern characteristics to avoid invalid signatures.