Assigning an Attribute to an Object Type


Follow this procedure when you want to assign an attribute to a request type, item type, baseline type, design part category, or project type. Note that you can assign attributes to a product by assigning them to the PRODUCT design part category.

There are a total of 220 (Serena-Supplied Runtime RDBMS, Oracle 10g or 11g, or SQL Server 2005 or 2008) attributes that can be declared for all single-valued and multivalued attributes. For further details of database dependant schema limits, see the System Administration Guide.

You can either assign an existing attribute or create a new one.

PRIVILEGES  Manage Attribute Definitions

NOTE  Do not use the name of an existing system-defined attribute when you define a new attribute. For a list of the reserved attribute names, see Reserved Attribute Names.

NOTE  The ability to add a prompt or help message does not function for the Title Attribute for requests. Adding the prompt or help message will have no effect in the client GUIs in this case for the Title attribute.

To assign an attribute:

  1. From the Object Types main window, select the object type you want to assign an attribute to in the navigation pane.

  2. Click the Attributes tab in the content pane.

  3. Click the add_button00008.gif button in the content pane. This will display the options:

  4. Choose the required option. The Assign Attribute dialog box or the Assign Block Attribute dialog box appears.

  5. Enter a name for the attribute or attribute block in the Name field.

  6. Enter a field label for the attribute or attribute block in the User prompt field.

  7. For single-field attributes, follow these additional steps:

  8. a    If necessary, change the default value for the maximum character length allowed in the Max length field.

    b    Select the format for the attribute's value from the Data type list.

    c     If necessary, change the default values for the display length and height of the attribute in the Display length and Display height fields.

    d    Optionally, complete the rest of the fields in the dialog box. If you want the dialog box to remain open, select the Keep Open check box.

  9. If the Data type is date, and you want to define validation for the date range:

  10.       Use the date picker to select the from date and click the tick in the top right to confirm it


          Use the date picker to select the to date.

          Select + or - from the from list, and enter the number of days from the current date.

          Select + or - from the to list, and enter the number of days from the current date.

  11. For block attributes, follow these additional steps:

  12. a    Select whether you want users to be able to modify or delete rows from the Block Update Type field.

    b    In the Attributes in Block fields, add existing single-field, multi-value attributes to the block as necessary to form the multi-field multi-value (block) attribute.

    NOTE  If a block attribute contains multi-value (MVA) attributes with assigned values defined as mandatory, each populated row must have values assigned to those mandatory attributes when the user enters them. This default behavior is different from previous releases. You can revert to the previous behavior by setting the DM_MANDATORY_MVA_ANY_ROW parameter in the dm.cfg file. For details see the System Administration Guide.

  13. Click OK to commit the details.

NOTE  If you have set the Is sensitive option, you will be presented with an Authentication Point dialog box. Enter your Dimensions CM password and click OK.

Related Topics

Assign/Edit Attribute Dialog Box

Assign/Edit Block Attribute Dialog Box

Unassigning an Attribute from an Object Type

Attributes Section