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Attribute Type - Fixed List - Need to add a blank/empty entry

  • 1.  Attribute Type - Fixed List - Need to add a blank/empty entry

    Posted Aug 10, 2018 11:12 AM
    Edited by Tamara McNab Aug 10, 2018 11:15 AM
    Hello -

    We are planning to use a Fixed List for an Attribute Type.
    We have 5 entries listed and have 1 of these entries set up as the Default Value.
    We have other business logic that relies on the value of these entries, so they must be consistent.

    We tried entering a blank entry - knowing that in the future, a product may have a value in this attribute,
    but need to have it removed.

    Unfortunately, when we try this, an error message is displayed telling us it cannot be blank/empty.

    What is the best practice for clearing out an attribute for a product when it is no longer needed?

    Also - we are on AX 2012 R2.
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    Tamara McNab
    IT Manager
    Phoenix Products Co.
    Milwaukee WI

  • 2.  RE: Attribute Type - Fixed List - Need to add a blank/empty entry

    Posted Aug 15, 2018 03:04 PM
    Hi Tammy,

    You're using a Procurement category to assign Attributes to Items, right?

    Typically, you would design the category hierarchy to support the fact that different items can have different attributes which apply. For example, if you have an attribute which will always apply to every item, you might add it to the top level of the hierarchy, and use the 'Inherit attributes from parent category' option to inherit that attribute on to every level of the hiearchy. But if you have an attribute that applies to only a small subset of your items, you might create a low level node in the hierarchy just for them, and add the attribute to that node.

    So, if you design your category hierarchy to support it, when an Attribute no longer applies to an item, you can move the item to a different node in the hierarchy so that it gets the attributes that should apply to it.

    Guy Terry
    Application Consultant

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