||As explained in
About Standards, default line thickness
definitions are provided by Dassault Systèmes
and referenced by the
variable which is set to
Line thickness is a property which can be applied to elements such as
lines, curves, dimension lines, etc. But keep in mind that line thickness
cannot be applied to fonts and points.
As far as .CATDrawing documents are concerned, you do not use the
CATStdLineThickness.xml file but specific files provided in the Drafting
category. Refer to the Version 5 - Interactive Drafting User's Guide
- "Administration Tasks, Setting Standard Parameters, Line Thickness
These default definitions are grouped together in the
CATStdLineThickness.xml file. The values set in the samples provided can
easily be customized to address your needs, provided that you are logged as
The defined thicknesses can then be applied to any element which supports
line thickness, either using the Edit > Properties or the
Graphic Properties toolbar.
This scenario aims at explaining how to create and modify line thickness
definitions using the interactive editor.
Select Tools > Standards to access the interactive
Check that the General category is selected
then from the file list, select the CATStdLineThickness.xml file.
Click the plus sign next to the CATStdLineThickness node:
a list of 55 line thickness definition is displayed.
line thickness definitions ranging from 1 to 8
are pre-defined with different parameters for each, and available
(i.e. the Availability box displays "1")
line thickness definitions ranging from 9 to 55
are pre-defined with the same parameters for all, and unavailable
(i.e. the Availability box displays "0").
|Now let's suppose you want to add a new line
thickness. To do so:
Select the CATStdLineThickness node from the tree
structure then click Add instance to the right.
This creates a new instance in the tree structure.
The number of the new line thickness is incremented by one and
therefore, its number will be "56".
Select the created instance, i.e. "56" then define the
thickness parameters either by entering the values directly in the boxes
or using arrows:
You can only assign "available" line thickness
definitions to elements. However, existing element properties in
drawings will not be affected: if an existing element is assigned
a line thickness which is flagged as "unavailable" in the
Standards editor, then this line thickness will be used for
this element but it will not be available in the thickness list,
so that users cannot apply it to other elements.
||You can modify any
value anytime simply by selecting the desired line number then
entering the new values in the corresponding boxes.
In case you are not satisfied with a line thickness,
select the CATStdLineThickness node then click Remove instance.
This opens the following dialog box which displays the list of available
|Just select the instance to be deleted then click
OK to validate.
When finished, you can:
click OK to
save the modifications in the CATStdLineThickness.xml file. A
pop-up message informs you that the modified standard file has
been saved in the directory specified when setting the
click Save As New
to save the modifications in a new .xml file. Clicking this
button opens the Save As dialog box which places you in the
directory you specified when setting the
CATCollectionStandard variable. This new file will
then be accessible from the File list.
||You cannot change the
default name of standard files included in the General
category. For these files, Save As New can only be used
to generate a new file in another directory but still with the same