Lots of things have lots of attributes. People have heights and birthdays and children, my car is blue, and New York is crowded. Much of the information in an information system records the attributes of things.
But as common as the term "attribute" may be, I don't know what it means. The fact that I've been using the term is totally irrelevant.
The term is used to mean different things at different times, and I have trouble distinguishing the idea from others we've already discussed. Don't be fooled by the fact that I can rattle off a few examples. As you'll see later on, I really think they are examples of something else.
There are several ambiguities in the way the term is used. In order to explain that without ...