Terminology for editing

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


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 editing templates used for creating new features on predefined layers.

feature builder

A semiautonomous feature constructor by which group templates create and place features relative to primary feature geometry that is sketched with a group template construction tool.

Editing template

A clickable item in the Create Features pane containing tools and settings for creating 2D or 3D features or records (rows) in tables, including the layer or table name where the data is stored, the attributes it will have, and the tools you can use to create it.

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.


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.


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 as topological elements and edits are analyzed against a specific set of data integrity rules.