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<title>Adding a global attribute</title>
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<h1 class="topictitle1">Adding global attributes</h1>
<div><p>A global attribute is an attribute that can be recognized anywhere in a
document. Once declared, a global attribute can be referenced in one or more
declarations using an attribute reference.</p><div class="skipspace"><p>The
following instructions were written for the Resource perspective, but
they will also work in many other perspectives.</p>
<p>To add a global
attribute, follow these steps:</p>
<ol><li class="skipspace"><span>Open your XML schema in the XML schema editor.</span></li>
<li class="skipspace"><span>In the Outline view, select your schema.</span> The entire
schema and its contents should be displayed in the Graph view.</li>
<li class="skipspace"><span>In the Graph view, right click in the <b>Attributes</b> section
and click <b> <span class="uicontrol">Add Global Attribute</span>.</b></span></li>
<li class="skipspace"><span>In the Properties view, type the attribute <b> <span class="uicontrol">Name</span></b>.</span> </li>
<li class="skipspace"><span>Click the <b>More</b> button next to the <b> <span class="uicontrol">Type</span></b> field
to launch the Set Types dialog.</span></li>
<li class="skipspace"><span>Select the type you want in the type
list, then click <b> <span class="uicontrol">OK</span></b>. </span>The Set Type dialog lists all built-in and user-defined types currently
available. You can change the <b> <span class="uicontrol">Scope</span></b> of the list by
selecting one of the following options:<ul><li><b><span class="uicontrol">Workspace</span></b>. Lists all of the types available in
your workspace. </li>
<li><b><span class="uicontrol">Enclosing Project</span>.</b> Lists all of the types available
in the project that contains your file. </li>
<li>(Default) <b> <span class="uicontrol">Current Resource</span>.</b> List all of the types
available in your current file.</li>
<li class="skipspace"><span>Click the <b> <span class="uicontrol">Documentation</span></b> tab if you want
to provide any information about this global attribute.</span> The <span class="uicontrol">Documentation</span> page is used for human readable
material, such as a description, and the <span class="uicontrol">App Info</span>
page can be used to provide information for applications.</li>