Attributes and Types

Last update: 2024-02-27

Learn about the data attributes and item types that the Universal Editor requires.


The Universal Editor is still in development and its capabilities are subject to change and may differ from what is detailed in this document.


In order for an app to be editable by the Universal Editor, it must be properly instrumented. This includes including the proper metadata so the editor can edit the content of the app. This document details the attributes and item types of those metadata.


Content validation is performed on the server side. The Universal Editor simply works with the data attributes. Validation that they fit the model/structure must be addressed at the API level.

Data Properties

Data Property Description
data-aue-resource URN to the resource, see the section Instrument the Page of the document Getting Started with the Universal Editor in AEM
data-aue-prop Attribute of the resource, see the section Instrument the Page of the document Getting Started with the Universal Editor in AEM
data-aue-type Type of the editable item (for example, text, image, and reference)
data-aue-filter Defines which references can be used
data-aue-label Defines a custom label for a selectable item which is displayed in the editor
In case itemmodel is set, the label is retrieved by way of the model
data-aue-model Defines a model which is used for form-based editing in the properties rail
data-aue-behavior Defines the behavior of an instrumentation, for example, stand alone text or image can also mimic a component to make it moveable or deletable

Item Types

data-aue-type Description data-aue-resource data-aue-prop data-aue-filter data-aue-label data-aue-model data-aue-behavior
text Text is editable within the HTML tags, but only in simple text format, no rich text formatting available, this is commonly used on title components, for example Optional Required n/a Optional n/a Optional
richtext Text is editable with full rich text capabilities. RTE is shown in the right panel Optional Required n/a Optional n/a Optional
media The editable is an asset, for example, image or video Optional Required Optional
list of image or video filter criteria which is passed on to the asset selector
Optional n/a Optional
container The editable behaves as container for components aka Paragraph System. Depends
see below
see below
a list of allowed components
Optional n/a n/a
component The editable is a component. It doesn’t add additional functionality. It is required to indicate movable/deletable parts of the DOM and for opening the properties rail and its fields Required n/a n/a Optional Optional n/a
reference The editable is a reference, for example, Content Fragment, Experience Fragment or Product Depends
see below
see below
list of Content Fragment, Product, or Experience Fragment filter criteria which is passed on to the reference selector
Optional Optional n/a

Depending on the use case data-aue-prop or data-aue-resource may or may not be required. For example:

  • data-aue-resource is required if you query Content Fragments via GraphQL and you want to make the list editable in-context.
  • data-aue-prop is required in case you have a component rendering the content of a referenced Content Fragment and you want to update the reference within the component.


data-aue-behavior Description
component Used to allow standalone text, richtext, and media mimic components so they are also moveable and deletable on the page
container Used to allow containers to be treated as their own components so they are movable and deletable on the page

Additional Resources

To learn more about the Universal Editor, see these documents.

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