Attributes with language-independent values are typically dimensional attributes, which usually (but not always) have numerical values. Take a screw, for example. Screws are characterized by two main dimensional attributes: diameter and length. We want to add this information for each reference to our screw in the “Parts_Numbers” tab.
The “diameter” attribute of the screw is named “D”; the “length” attribute is named “Lg”.
The first step of the process is to declare these two attributes in the “Attributes_Behaviour” tab.
- Scroll down the table to the first unused row.
By default, if you have not yet added an attribute, the first empty row is row “4”.
- In the first column, “Attribute_Name”, enter the name of the “diameter” attribute, namely: “D”.
- The following columns, which start with “Attribute_Label”, can be used to assign a label to the attribute.
For example, suppose that with the wizard, you selected English and French; you therefore have 2 columns: “Attribute_Label_EN” and “Attribute_Label_FR”.
In the column “Attribute_Label_EN” you can specify the English label for the attribute, for example “Diameter D (mm)” (or just “D” if you prefer).
In the column “Attribute_Label_FR”, do likewise, but in French: “Diamètre D (mm)” (or just “D” if you prefer. Even if you already entered that for the English label, you have to enter it again for the French label).
Remember that it is always advisable to include, in the attribute label, the symbol for the units in which the attribute’s values are expressed.
- In the next column, “Language_Dependent_Attribute_Values”, enter the value “0” for the case in hand.
- In the next column, Display, enter the value “1” or “0” depending on whether or not you want the attribute to be displayed when your catalog is browsed on the site.
- In the final column, Add_As_BOM_Field, enter the value “1” or “0” depending on whether or not you want the attribute to be included in the bill of materials.
- Repeat the procedure on the next row with the “length” attribute named “Lg”
- Important: Do not leave any blank rows in the table between attribute declarations.
For the second step of the process, we move on to the “Parts_Numbers” tab.
- Find the first unused column (where the first row of the column is empty).
- In the first row of this column, enter “D” – the name of the “diameter” attribute.
- Go to the next unused column.
- In the first row of this column, enter the name of the second attribute, “Lg”.
- These two new columns will be used to hold the values for the “diameter” attribute and the “length” attribute respectively.
- It only remains for you to complete the table by entering the diameter and the length of your screws against each individual reference.
Now let’s take a look at the second type of attribute.