Enter values and variables in patterns

There are several ways to enter values in Pattern Designer.

Table 1. Useful shortcuts in Pattern Designer
To Do this Example
Enter constant values, a string Enclose the value in quote marks ("). Enter the path with quote marks (") at the beginning and at the end of the string.

Use quote marks for strings
Enter a value that can change, a variable Start the variable name with the dollar sign ($). Enter the variable name beginning with the dollar sign ($).

Use the dollar sign for variables
Copy a value or a variable into a field Select the variable or the value you want to copy from the CI Attribute pane and drag it into the target field. Drag the company variable from the CI Attributes pane into the Values field.
Figure 1. Dragging a variable
Drag and drop
Enter a variable using auto-complete
  1. Type the dollar character ($) and the first letters of the variable name.
  2. Select the relevant value from the list showing all currently available values that match the characters you entered.
If only one choice fits, that value is automatically entered into the field.
Variables have a $ prefix. Typing $P in a field displays a list of possible values beginning with "P".

Using auto-complete for entering values and variables
Specify complex (concatenated) values in fields Enter a value, then add a plus sign (+), and then enter another value.
Note: You can drag values and variables to create complex values.
To specify the path, use the install_directory variable and extract of the actual path connected by a plus sign (+).

Use a plus sign for complex values