Entity Preferences

The following options are available on the Entity tab of the Preferences Setup dialog box:

On undefined screen (except VT)
Select Automatically create new entity if you want the Design Tool to automatically create an entity for each screen you traverse across in a host application. Whenever a new screen displays, you must define at least one pattern for the entity before you can move to the next screen. Note: This setting does not apply to character mode host application models.

Character mode applications
Automatically generate tabstops
Specifies whether or not the Design Tool creates tabstops automatically as you add entities to your host application model.

Note: This setting is designed specifically for character mode applications and will only function if you create a user-defined command list to move the cursor from the Advanced Model Properties dialog box. On the Model menu, click Properties and then click the Advanced button to open this dialog box.

Use writable attributes as automatic tabstops
Select this option to automatically include configured attributes as tabstops when creating new entities. If you want to use this option on an existing entity, select the Use writable attributes as automatic tabstops check box on the Cursor tab.

Note: This setting is designed specifically for character mode applications.

Validation defaults
Select Wait for cursor to direct the model to wait for the cursor to be on a specified row and column on the screen before validating the current entity.

Other preferences

Select Cache all attribute writes to temporarily store attribute values after they are written to the terminal screen. To erase the cached memory, issue an UpdateAttribute or UpdateAttributes command.

Note: This setting is designed specifically for character mode applications so that attributes are guaranteed to be written in the same order each time an entity is encountered.

Related Topics
Bullet Model preferences
Bullet Modeling VT applications