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Terminology for editing

The following terms are used in this documentation for the Editing topics in ArcGIS Pro.

COGO

An acronym for Coordinate Geometry. A standardized set of methods used to describe and locate coordinate points on a map using surveyed distances, bearings, and angles.

Create Features pane

The editing pane containing feature templates used for creating new features on predefined layers.

feature builder

A system-defined feature constructor used in group templates to autogenerate features. In a group template, a feature builder is assigned as a property of a feature template. Some builders include definable parameters such as a distance from an endpoint or an offset from a polyline feature.

feature template

A clickable item in the Create Features pane containing construction tools for creating new features. A feature template is created as a named set of parameters. Definable properties include the target layer, the tools that appear in the tool palette, and the attribute values that are applied to new features. Symbology is a property of the target feature layer.

group feature template

A clickable item in the Create Features pane containing construction tools for creating several related features on different layers at one time. A group feature template is created as a named set of parameters that call existing feature templates. Definable properties are the same as those of feature templates with additional properties to specify the feature templates, the type of geometry that determines the placement of features, and the builders that autogenerate those features.

linear asset

A linear asset, also known as a continuous asset, such as a road or a pipeline, that is stored as a polyline feature.

Modify Features pane

The editing pane containing tools for modifying finished features.

snapping

When you turn snapping on and enable one or more snap modes, it causes the pointer to jump (or snap) to the nearest feature in specific ways, such as to an edge or to a vertex. As you create or edit feature geometry, this can help you control pointer accuracy and ensure coincidence between features and their respective geometries.

topology

Topologies provide an alternative rules-based view of feature geometry that helps you enforce connectivity, contiguity, and other spatial relationships among features. When you enable a topology, you edit features on a map as topological elements and your edits are analyzed against a specific set of data integrity rules.