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Definition: attribute


(1) A file access classification. See file attribute and archive attribute.

(2) In relational database management, an attribute is a field within a record (column within a row). See relational database.

(3) In object technology, an attribute is a single element of data. See instance attribute and static attribute.

(4) For printers and screens, an attribute is a characteristic that changes a font, for example, from normal to boldface or underlined. See font characteristics.

(5) In an XML document, an attribute is a sub-element defined within an element. In the following example, GENDER and AGE are attributes within the PERSON element. See XML.