Modify attributes of inherited property

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I defined a subclass which inherits a built-in class (mechss) and extends it with some additional properties and methods. Because of my additional properties, the terminology becomes somewhat confusing and I would like to change the property names of the superclass. For example, I would like to change the property C to be called L.
As far as I understand, this is not possible, but I cán define the new property L and relate it to C using get and set methods. This leaves me with two identical properties however, and I would like to hide C and make its access protected.
Is something like this possible?

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Matt J
Matt J on 2 Nov 2021
Edited: Matt J on 2 Nov 2021
Not directly, but you can overload the display() method, customizing it so that C is never displayed at the command line. Similarly, you can customize subsref() and subsasgn() so that dot indexing outside the class does not allow access to C.
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Sean de Wolski
Sean de Wolski on 2 Nov 2021
Edited: Sean de Wolski on 2 Nov 2021
You could instead author your own class that passes through to a mechss object it stores as a private property. Then you can call the properties whatever you want.
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Luuk Poort
Luuk Poort on 3 Nov 2021
Thank you for both of your input.
So, option 1 is to inherit the mechss class and overload the subsref and subsasgn methods to access the inherited properties with any name I would like, e.g. C can be obtained by .L, while inherited methods can be accessed both with dot notation or function notation.
With option 2, my class is not a subclass, but stores the mechss object as a private property. This is likely faster and more robust to future changes in built-in code. Methods of mechss can be accessed with dot notation by overloading the dot-indexing to be forwarded to the mechss object. To enable function notation, I need to define a new method for each method of mechss to forward it to the mechss object.
I hope I am correct with this and I will test what works out best for me. Unfortunately I cannot accept two answers.
Regarding the naming confusion: I would like object properties to match terminology in my field and in my own documentation to avoid confusion with users, when I will share my implementation in the future.

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