Before You Begin

Structure of the Standard

Standards are defined by the administrator.

A drafting standard file is structured as a tree, as it appears in the Standard Definition editor(available via Tools > Standards). It contains several main sections, each dealing with a specific aspect of drafting customization:




General Syntax for the Standard Editor Values

Fractions and operations

The standards editor can handle basic numerical operations to help you enter the values for the parameters. You can enter your value as a set of operations, and let the program compute the result when you validate the field.

For example, for each parameter of the "real" type, you can specify the value using a fraction:
NDFact_1 = 1/60.

You can also use units or trigonometric functions in your operations:
NDSepPos_1 = 1 in + 1 mm + cos(0.12)

Special characters

For each parameter of the "string" type, you can enter special characters using the following keywords:

  • [DEGREE] will be displayed as deg
  • [MINUTE] will be displayed as '
  • [SECOND] will be displayed as "

A special character can be used alone or combined with other characters (the special character only counts as 1 character):

NDSepar_1 , [DEGREE]


NDSepar_1 , " in [DEGREE]"


DBCS Restriction

Double-byte character sets are not supported when creating new standard parameters and styles (i.e. corresponding to new nodes in the standards editor tree).

However, double-byte character sets are supported when setting values for standard parameter and styles.


For More Information

  • Refer to About Standard Parameters for more information on how to customize standard parameters, how to define new standard formats, and on the general syntax for the standard editor values.
  • Refer to About Styles for more information on setting default values for elements using styles, and on how to customize standard styles.