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  • Variable and Variable Options Definition
    Variables are general characteristics of items. Because many items can have the same characteristics, it would not be a good idea to maintain the characteristics of every item separately. So we first define the variables that we need, and then link them to the items. Depending on the data type of a variable we can define a set of possible values for it.
    Exercise 6: Variable Maintenance
    Run Variable Maintenance to define the variables and options for the configurable items.
    Create the variables that are listed in the following table. Keep the default value 1 for Extent. You can add Long Question texts to the variables. The options are specified in the Variable Options tab, the numeric parameters are specified in the Data Format tab.
    When you enter variable options, use the arrow buttons on the toolbar to define the order in which you want the options to appear in the questionnaire. By default, the first option in the list is the default answer for the associated question.
    The entry N.A. stands for not applicable. Suppose that the answer to one question makes another question superfluous.
     
    Variable
    Data Type
    Functional Group
    Question Type
    Short Question
    UM
    Question / Temporary
    Variable Options or Data Format
    backup
    Logical
    Accessories
    Normal
    Backup
    EA
    Question
    Yes
    No
    backup-type
    Text
    Accessories
    Normal
    Backup Type
    EA
    Question
    Alkaline
    NiCd
    LiS
    N.A.
    country
    Text
    Technical Specs
    Normal
    Country
    EA
    Question
    N/A
    [See note]
    CPU
    Text
    Technical Specs
    Normal
    CPU
    EA
    Question
    Standard
    High
    Freq
    Text
    Technical
    Normal
    Frequency
    EA
    Question
    500 kHz.
    10 MHZ
    Painted
    Text
    Technical
    Normal
    Painted
    EA
    Question
    Painted
    Stainless
    Portable
    Logical
    Technical Specs
    Normal
    Portable
    EA
    Question
    Yes
    No
    U-area
    Numeric
    Style and Size
    Special
    Area
    EA
    Question
    Digits: 8
    Decimals: 0
    U-color
    Text
    Style and Size
    Normal
    Color
    EA
    Question
    Black
    White
    Other
    U-Cover
    Logical
    Accessories
    Normal
    Keyboard Cover
    EA
    Question
    Yes
    No
    U-height
    Numeric
    Style and Size
    Normal
    Height
    EA
    Question
    Digits: 3
    Decimals: 0
    Minimum: 80
    Maximum: 200
    Multiplier: 40
    Default: 120
    U-depth
    Numeric
    Style and Size
    Normal
    Length
    EA
    Question
    Digits: 3
    Decimals: 0
    Minimum: 60
    Maximum: 100
    Multiplier: 20
    Default: 60
    U-type
    Text
    Style and Size
    Normal
    Display Type
    EA
    Question
    Top Display
    Front Display
    U-width
    Numeric
    Style and Size
    Normal
    Width
    EA
    Question
    Digits: 3
    Decimals: 0
    Minimum: 60
    Maximum: 160
    Multiplier: 20
    Default: 60
    U-output
    Logical
    Accessories
    Normal
    Printer
    EA
    Question
    Yes
    No
    power
    Text
    Technical Specs
    Special
    Power Converter
    EA
    Question
    Smart
    Standard
    steel-large
    Numeric
    Style and Size
    Special
    Qty - Large Steel
    EA
    Question
    Digits: 8
    Decimals: 0
    steel-small
    Numeric
    Style and Size
    Special
    Qty - Small Steel
    EA
    Question
    Digits: 8
    Decimals: 0
    Note: A single variable can have more than one meaning. By defining a number of extents for such a variable, you can distinguish between its various meanings. For instance, if both the housing and the icemaker have a color, you can define a variable color and give it extent 2. Then you can use color[1] for the housing color and color[2] for the icemaker color.
    Note: The industrial ultrasound is sold in many countries. To avoid entering each country as a variable option, use the QAD Configurator browse feature. When Allow Fill-In is selected, you can also associate the variable with an existing browse. If you assign a browse code to the variable, you can select an answer from the browse, instead of manually typing in the answer.
    Assign the following values to variable country.
     
    Variable
    Allow Fill-In
    Browse Code
    country
    Yes
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