This article describes how to create attributes for use with items and parts. 

For issues, the process of defining attributes is the same except that they are created in the project, and not in the swArchitect.


Log in to the server using the swArchitect client and navigate to the Attributes tab. 

To create an attribute, right-click in the pane and select Create

The Create Attribute Type dialog provides a number of settings for defining the attribute. They are described below. Make your selections and click OK to save. The new attribute will be included in the list of attributes in the Architect.

SID: The attribute's unique identifier. Can include letters, numbers and special characters (maximum length: 8 characters) although it is recommended that only letters (A-Z) and/or numbers (0-9) are used. (required)

Name: Name of the attribute as seen by the users. (required)

Tip: Keep in mind that the length of the attribute label display is limited in Overview, in order to allow for sufficient room for display of values. Therefore, attempt to keep labels short and concise but, if attribute names are similar and do get truncated, place the differentiator at the beginning. Example:

Data type: The number of occurrences allowed. The Data type is required and the options are: 

SingleThe attribute can have one value.
ArrayThe attribute can have several values. Allows duplicates.
SetThe attribute can have several values from a validated list called a "Range".

Attribute type: The type of attribute. A drop-down list of available types is provided. A selection is required and the following types are available:

Attribute TypeValid Data TypesDescriptionSupport for Default Value
BooleanSingleSupports the values "True" and "False".Yes
ComputedSingleSupports any type that can be defined according to the Path expressions in SystemWeaver. This type of attribute can be used as a Default attribute and not an Additional attribute.No
CustomSingleReserved for attribute types with custom support in the swExplorer client.No
DateSingleSupports date values, presented the format yyyy-mm-dd.Yes
EnumerationSingle, setProvides users with a validated list of values to select from.Yes
External referenceSingle, arraySupports named file and URL references.Yes
FloatSingleSupports decimal values. Does not support numeric range.Yes
IdentitySingleSupports automatic generation of integer values according to a Sequence ID. Such values are unique within the specified Sequence ID. Also, once set, Identity attribute values cannot be changed.No
IntegerSingleSupports natural values. Does not support numeric range.Yes
RVF (RichView Format text)SingleSupports fully formatted text, including pictures. This is the format generally used in Descriptions in SystemWeaver. Whenever needed this format is automatically translated into the RTF format used in MS Office applications.Yes
StringSingle, arraySupports non-formatted strings, up to 100 characters long.Yes
TextSingleSupports non-formatted strings, including new lines.Yes
UserSingle, setSupports the value domain of all users defined in the SystemWeaver server.Yes
XMLSingleSupports XML formatted text.Yes

The following standard settings are optional:

Info: A text box used for administrative information, e.g., the purpose of the attribute, who created it and when. 

Default value: Set a default setting. 

Allow empty value: Indicates if empty attribute values should be acceptable or not. Check the box to allow an empty value. 

Editor width: Sets the default width for displaying the attribute values. 200 is a good starting point. 

Editor min height: Sets the min height for displaying the attribute values. Mostly applicable to Text type attributes where there may be multiple rows of text. 

Editor max height: Sets the max height for displaying the attribute values. Mostly applicable to Text type attributes where there may be multiple rows of text. 

Restricted: Check this box to hide the attribute from users in the standard views. Such information would typically be visible in some other form.

Fixed font: Used in special cases to indicate that a fixed size font like Arial should be used for presenting the value. An example can be attributes used for code snippets. 

There may be additional settings available for specific attribute types. They are described in separate articles.