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Maintaining Features
Use Feature Maintenance to create, view, edit, or delete features.

Feature Maintenance
Select a group and a configurable item using the binocular buttons on the toolbar. If you select a group that contains no configurable item in it, the system displays an error message and disables the Feature Maintenance screen.
To create a feature, click the Copy From Variable button next to the Feature field; then select a variable to associate it with the current configurable item as a feature.
To edit an existing feature, enter the feature ID in the Feature field.
You cannot delete feature when it is used in any variant planning item rule.
Feature Details
All the feature details inherit from the selected variable details. You can change this information for the feature. See Variable Details.
Similar to Variable Details, Feature Details also supports multiple languages. You can specify short and long questions in any of the QAD-supported languages. The short question can be up to 64 characters long. You can also translate the question from one language to another. Click the String Translation button next to the question field, and enter the translation on the String Translation screen. If the translation is already set up in Variable Details|String Translation, you can see the translation here in Feature Details|String Translation and change the translation for the feature.
You can also use Feature Language Browse to display the feature questions that you have set up for each language.
Note: When you click Save in Feature Details|String Translation, the system:
saves the updated record, and
creates feature translation records for all the languages that have been set up for the variable but not the feature.
 
If you do not set up the translations in Feature Details, the questionnaire displays the translated records that you have set up in Variable Details. In other words, the system uses the following defaulting logic to display translated records for the questionnaire:
If the translation is set up in Feature Details, the system takes the translation from there.
If the translation is not set up in Feature Details but has been set up in Variable Details, the system takes the translation from there.
Otherwise, the system has no translated records to display.
Feature Value as Pricing Part
When the feature data type is text and you have selected Allow Fill-in, you can use Feature-Based Pricing to calculate pricing for a feature rather than for a feature option.

Feature Value as Pricing Part
For feature-based pricing, you can use either the Pricing Part field or the Feature Value as Pricing Part check box:
To use the Pricing Part field, enter an existing item number from QAD EA.
To use the Feature Value as Pricing Part check box, you select it and then the system dynamically uses the feature answer on the questionnaire as the pricing part.
When there is already a pricing part and you select the Feature Value as Pricing Part check box, the system prompts you to confirm your action.

Feature Value as Pricing Part or Existing Pricing Part
Click OK to use the answer on the questionnaire as the pricing part.
Click Cancel to use the Pricing Part field.
For more pricing information, see Pricing.
Feature Options
Feature options inherit from the options of the selected variable. To include a variable option as a feature option, select its check box on the left and then clear the check box to exclude it from the feature options.
If you set the Use Standard Options option to Yes for the current group in Master Group Maintenance, you can only use variable standard options as feature options. If you set this value to no, you can modify the variable standard options for the feature or add new options.

Feature Options List
If you click the Standard Options button on the toolbar, only the variable options are available for this feature. You cannot exclude any of the variable options or add new options for this feature. Click this button again if you want to modify the standard variable options for the feature.
You can set default values for features, and then default values are on the Questionnaire. But the questions on the Questionnaire are not answered automatically. To automatically answer the questionnaire, click the Answer All button to answer all the questions using their default options.
Note: Besides setting the default values in Feature Maintenance, you can also define default values using rules in General Rule Maintenance.
You can modify feature options in the same way as you modify variable options. See Variable Options.
Similar to Variable Options, Feature Options also supports multiple languages. You can specify short and long answers in any of the QAD-supported languages. The short answer can be up to 64 characters long. You can also translate the answer from one language to another. Click the String Translation button, and enter the translation on the String Translation screen. If the translation is already set up in Variable Options|String Translation, you can see the translation here in Feature Options|String Translation and change the translation for the feature.
You can also use Feature Option Language Browse to display the feature option answers that you have set up for each language.
Note: When you click Save in Feature Options|String Translation, the system:
saves the updated record, and
creates feature translation records for all the languages that have been set up for the variable but not the feature.
If you do not set up the translations in Feature Options, the questionnaire displays the translated records that you have set up in Variable Options. In other words, the system uses the following defaulting logic to display translated records for the questionnaire:
When Standard Options is set to Yes:
If the translation has been set up in Variable Options, the system takes the translation from there.
Otherwise, the system has no translated records to display.
When Standard Options is set to No:
If the translation is set up in Feature Options, the system takes the translation from there.
If the translation is not set up in Feature Options but has been set up in Variable Options, the system takes the translation from there.
Otherwise, the system has no translated records to display.