Define Meta Data Configurations

Before you can apply a Meta Data Configuration to a Mapping Project or Mapping, you must create it.

To create a new Meta Data Configuration:

  1. In the Window menu, select Preferences.
  2. On the left-hand side of the page, click Axway.
  3. Click Project Meta Data.
  4. Select New in the Meta Data preferences page.
  5. The New Meta Data Configuration wizard opens. The wizard has two pages, the first contains global information on the configuration, such as the type definition or the location, the second page defines the structure of the Meta Data. The global information page of a configuration contains the following information:
    • Type
    • ID - The name of the configuration. You cannot change this ID after it has been set.
    • Description - Text box to enter an optional specification of the configuration.
    • Authentication data - Optional. For remote configurations only.
    • Caching of the configuration file - For remote configurations only. This feature allows you to keep a copy of the configuration file in your local cache if you select the check box Cache configuration file.
  6. After you have completed this wizard page, click Next to continue. On the second wizard page you can now start to design the Meta Data entry pages.

For more information, see Configuration type.

On the left hand side of the wizard, you can see a tree view of your defined configuration elements. Each Project Meta Data Configuration can consist of one or more categories each with one or more entries.

If you create a configuration, for example, consisting of two categories with the labels Mapping Information and Mapping Content, the Project Information shows two details pages: Mapping Information and Mapping Content.

Review the following:

  • A Category is displayed as one Details page within the Project Information and contains one or more entries. Each Project Meta Data Configuration may contain one or more categories.
  • An Entry is an element such as a check box, text box, drop-down list box, and so on, from which you can select values or into which you can enter values.

When creating a new Project Meta Data Configuration, one Category with one Entry are displayed by default in the tree view of the wizard. Use the icons next to tree view, as shown in the following table, to define the configuration:

Icon Function
Add a new category
Add a new sub category

Add new entry to the selected category

Move the selected category up or down
Delete the selected element

Preview the selected category

There is no separate preview for just an entry

Add Categories and Entries

To start:

  1. Add the desired number of categories and entries using the icons next to the tree view.
  2. Select each category and entry, and assign an ID. The ID changes the name shown in the tree view. You can use the ID in the BOM Version Management to search for specific mapping projects.
  3. Note The IDs for the categories must be unique within each Project Meta Data Configuration and the IDs of the entries must be unique within each category.
  4. Enter the text you want displayed in the Label text box. If you do not enter anything here, the ID is used instead. The Description entered here is shown at the top of the Details area for the categories. When you place the cursor over the element defined with the Entry, any descriptions entered for Entry are displayed as hover help.

Language-specific labels

You can enter the Labels and Descriptions, to display in the user interface, in both languages currently supported: DML and Datamapper. Select the tab for the desired language and enter the specific text.

Define entries

To add an Entry:

  1. Choose among following entry types to define an entry:
    • String - String results in a standard text box, which allows you to enter one line of text only.
    • Text - Text results in a larger text box, which allows you to enter several lines of text.
    • Integer - Integer results in a box, where you can enter or select numbers only.
    • List - List results in a list box, where you can add values. The difference between a List and the Combo is, that the List option allows you to add any value, where the Combo offers only a selection of predefined values.
    • Checklist - List where you can select one or more entries.
    • Boolean - Boolean results in a check box which you can select.
    • Combo - Combo results in a drop-down list box, from which you can select pre-defined values.
  2. For each entry, stipulate if the entry is Mandatory. In this case, the label is printed in bold in the user interface and marked by an asterisk. Later on, the Project Information parses the Meta Data and displays an error if mandatory elements were not filled. You can define or select Default values depending on the element type.
  3. When you have finished defining the Meta Data Configuration, click Finish to close the Wizard.

Related topics

Meta Data

Meta Data Configurations

Manage Meta Data Configurations

Copy Meta Data Configurations

Disable Meta Data Configurations

Edit Meta Data Configurations

Export Meta Data Configurations

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