The SVN Properties view works just fine, but after it is attached to the resource. There are 2 ways to do so:
1) you may use pop-up menu and call the "Team->Show Properties" action
2) you may press "Link with Editor and Selection" button on the SVN Properties view, then just select whatever resources you need to check/set properties on.
Also there is a way to directly set SVN properties without usage of SVN Properties view by choosing pop-up menu item "Team->Set Property..."
What you see in the page 13 of the guideline is the "Set property" dialog which you may call from either one: SVN Properties View or just Team menu.
Regarding what value you can set for a properties you're defining - you may check validation messages/tips in the "Set Property" dialog or turn to the SVN manual. If it is svn:needs-lock property, then you should just define it in order to use it, the actual value is of no importance.