Attributes provide additional information about a characteristic. For example, if you assign the attribute Telephone Number to the characteristic Business Partner, you can display the telephone number of the business partner in your query result.
You assign attributes to characteristics in the InfoObject maintenance editor. You can define each attribute as either a display attributes or as a more powerful navigation attribute. Navigation attributes automatically inherit the same features as display attributes.
The following figure illustrates, for the Business Partner (0D_NW_BP) characteristic, the use of the characteristic Postal Code (0D_NW_POST) as a display attribute only, and of the characteristic Country (0D_NW_CNTRY) as a display attribute Country (0D_NW_CNTRY) and additionally as a navigation attribute Country (BP) (0D_NW_BP__0D_NW_CNTRY).