Attribute management

Symbol and title block attributes propagate information stored in the database.

Insert attribute

Menu: Edit symbol > Insert attribute

Menu: Edit title block > Insert attribute

 

When you launch the command, a dialog box lists the available attributes.

 

Attributes already present in the symbol or title block are shown in blue.

 

1.     Select the check boxes next to the listed attributes to make them available for insertion into the symbol or the title block.

2.     Click on OK to close the dialog box and display the attribute insertion dockable panel.

This panel lets you change settings (such as font and height) applied to the attributes prior to placement.

Properties

Lets you place attributes (horizontally or vertically); define font settings, justification, height, other properties for the attribute(s); as well as the spacing between each attribute.

Attributes list

Adds a new attribute.

Deletes the selected attributes.

Reorders attributes.

 

3.     In the graphics area, click the insertion point of the attribute group.

Manage attributes

The attribute contextual menu allows you to copy, modify, edit or delete it.

Multiple attribute

Menu: Modify > Multiple attribute

Menu: Edit symbol > Multiple attribute

Menu: Edit title block > Multiple attribute

 

The attributes are used to propagate data across the scheme. This is sometimes represented by a long character string, such as for a manufacturer part. You can manage this data across several lines. In this case, the single attribute is replaced by a multiple attribute.

Replace attribute

Contextual menu of attribute: Replace attribute

Menu: Edit symbol > Replace attribute

Menu: Edit title block > Replace attribute

 

This feature is only available when an attribute is selected. The insertion attribute dialog box opens to select the attribute you want.

Show attributes

Menu: Edit symbol > Show attributes

Menu: Edit title block > Show attributes

 

To simplify the attribute management (such as the position or the text size), this feature allows you to display in the graphical area, the attributes from different styles. It only changes the graphical aspect, the name is not modified.

 

Show attributes: Displays the attribute name or allows you to show the attributes if they have been hidden.

Show sample values: Replaces the attribute by an example of the value it can receive. In this mode, you cannot edit the attribute properties.

Show attribute description: Replaces the attribute by its description. In this mode, you cannot edit the attribute properties.

Hide attributes: Hides the attributes.

Manually modifying attributes

Several attributes available in the software, are formed with specific characters which indicate the language, the index or the data index.

#AIO_0_TZ_1_L1: the attribute type (in this example, Input/Output).

#AIO_0_TZ_1_L: the order number in the attribute type (in this example, the first I/O).

#AIO_0_TZ_1_L1: the translatable user data 1 associated to the previous value (in this example, the first translatable data of the first I/O).

#AIO_0_TZ_1_L1: the language of the previous value (in the example, the language of the first translatable data of the first I/O).

 

Index: The index character is an order number in the attribute type defined by the previous code. 0 is the first, 1 is the second...

Data index: The data index character follows the code that identify the data type (TX: User data and TZ: Translatable user data). The 0 propagates the value of the first User data (or translatable user data), the 1, the value of the second User data (or translatable user data)...

Language: the L1 propagates the text in the main language of the project, the L2, the second language... You can force a language by replacing these characters by the language code (EN - FR - ES...). For example, if you want the text always appears in English, whatever the project language, replace the characters by EN.

 

In the contextual menu of an attribute you can find some commands to help you to manage these codes. These commands are displayed according to the type of attribute you selected.

 

Modify index: Allows you to change the order number of the attribute type. In the dialog box, introduce the new index.

Modify index data: Allows you to change the number of the user data or translatable data. In the dialog box, introduce the new data index.

Modify language: Allows you to change the language of the user data or translatable data. Select in the list one of the languages used in the project or another language even if it is not set in the project configuration.

Modify revision index: Allows you to change the index code of a revision. In the dialog box, enter the new revision index.

 

To generate an Excel file containing all the symbol and title block attributes, use the ewExportUsedAttributes command (only available on the command line).


Related topics:

 

Attribute properties