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Historically a delimited object reference was known as a 'DOR' but now we simply say an object reference, or when the object type is known a SCALAR reference, LIST reference, etc….
In EASA a delimited object reference allows an object on the Tree to be used:
For 1. and 2. above where a parameter value accepts a combination of literal text, operators and object references the name of the object must have a special character directly before and after the name, by default in EASA we use → % or the percent-sign.
For 3. and 4. the same applies except the delimited object name is entered within the Template Editor, again the default delimiter is % or the percent-sign.
Typically, once the Builder recognizes the above format the color of the text will change according to the type of objectname →
Additionally, in the EASA Help Pages, an object name, either with or without delimiters, is written in boldface.
An object reference may be used in various locations within the Builder for example in:
To view values of all objects available to use as object references,
An inline unit may be displayed within the delimiters for an object reference → see Inline Units in Expressions
By default, if no units are specified within the object reference the object value will be in base units.
An 'inline unit' is a unit name in brackets immediately following the object name.
For the above syntax object1 to be evaluated in 'feet', instead of the base unit of 'meters' (or [m]).
The text abbreviation used to inline a unit must be an existing unit name defined either in Default: or User Units: for the dimensional group associated with the object-type being referenced.
In addition to units, the format of an SCALAR number may be specified inline for a delimited SCALAR reference.
The following formats are supported:
The format of a number is important for an input file when a batch software application process requires a specific number format.
An inline number format may include an inline units as well; number format specifier must follow the unit specifier.
The four number format specifiers as as follows:
Examples of inline number formatting within a delimited object reference are as follows:
Notice the use of inline units in the first example.