Add and manage custom attributes

You can add custom attributes for diagram elements and dictionary categories. Custom attributes work in the same way as standard attributes in a modeling notation and can also be displayed in SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub.

Custom attributes can be added for modeling elements and dictionary categories.

Add a custom attribute for a modeling element

Follow these steps:

  1. In the explorer, select Setup > Define notations/attributes.

  2. In the tab Modeling language, select a notation.

  3. Select a diagram element or dictionary category. To select more than one element, press Shift or Ctrl.

  4. In the tab Custom Attributes, click Add .

  5. You can create a new custom attribute or reuse an attribute you already have available in your workspace.

    • To reuse a custom attribute, select it from the list.

    • To create a new attribute, enter a name and a description for the new attribute. Select the data type for the attribute. You can create list attributes by activating As list.

  6. Click Create attribute to save.

    You can't edit the data type or the As list option after saving the attribute.

Add a custom attribute for a dictionary category

Follow these steps:

  1. In the explorer, select Setup > Define notations/attributes.

  2. Switch to the tab Dictionary.

  3. Select a dictionary category or dictionary subcategory.

  4. In the tab Custom Attributes, click Add .

  5. You can create a new custom attribute or reuse an attribute you already have available in your workspace.

    • To reuse a custom attribute, select it from the list.

    • To create a new attribute, enter a name and a description for the new attribute. Select the data type for the attribute. You can create list attributes by activating As list.

  6. Click Create attribute to save.

    You can't edit the data type or the As listoption after saving the attribute.

Reusing attributes

To make the same attribute available for different elements or dictionary categories, you can reuse attributes that are already available in your workspace.

Reused attributes have the same ID.

In SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub, attributes can be populated from a linked diagram if an attribute with the same ID is available for both the linking element and the linked diagram.

Manage custom attributes

In the tab Custom Attributes, you can manage the custom attributes in your workspace.

To access the custom attributes you want to change, follow these steps:

  1. In the Explorer, select Setup > Define notations/attributes.

  2. To edit an attribute for a modeling element, stay in the tab Modeling language.

    To edit an attribute for a dictionary entry, switch to the tab Dictionary.

  3. Select a notation or a dictionary category.

  4. Select a diagram element or dictionary category. To select more than one element, press Shift or Ctrl.

  5. The custom attributes for your selection are listed.

    • To view the attribute details, click an attribute.

    • To change the order in which custom attributes are listed in the attribute panel, select an attribute and move it up or down with the arrow buttons.

    • To edit an attribute, click Edit. You can't edit the data type or the As listoption.

    • To remove an attribute, click Remove and confirm. If the attribute is used for more than one element, you can decide to remove it from all elements or only from the selected element.

Configure custom date attributes

To change the timestamp format on diagrams, tasks, and dictionary categories, customize the date attribute. By default, the format is m/d/Y (for example, 01/09/2017).

Format options

Option

Meaning

Example

j

current day of the month, without zeroes

1

d

current day of the month, with zeros

01

D

abbreviated day of the week

Wed

l

full day of the week

Wednesday

F

current month name

February

M

abbreviated current month name

Feb

n

current month in numerals without leading zeroes

2

m

current month in numbers with leading zeroes

02

y

current year, in two digits

17

Y

current year, in four digits

2018

a

lowercase am and pm

 

A

uppercase AM and PM

 

g

12 hour format without leading zeroes

9:15

h

12 hour format with leading zeroes

09:15

G

24 hour format without leading zeroes

9:15

H

24 hour format with leading zeroes

09:15

i

minutes, with leading zeroes

05

s

seconds, with leading zeroes

 

Example: Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 03:05 pm:

  • y-m-d is displayed as 17-09-01

  • y/m/d is displayed as 17/09/01

  • F j, Y is displayed as September 1, 2017

  • g:i:s A is displayed as 3:05:00 PM

  • l, F d, Y g:i:s A is displayed as Friday, September 01, 2017 3:05:00 PM

  • F j, Y, g:i a is displayed as September 1, 2017, 3:05 pm

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