Significant Changes Made to Streamline the Content for Work Item Type Schema Reference
A move has been
afoot to eliminate topics that no one is reading anyway. By consolidating
content into a smaller topic set, we believe that you will more easily access
the information that supports you in accomplishing your tasks. In the area of defining and customizing the definitions of work item types, this initiative has represented a significant
rework to the content that was previously published under the Work Item Type Schema
Reference topic node.
We have made the
following changes to this content area:
- Consolidated content so that
you can access the syntax structure and attribute definitions of all
elements that support specific
functional tasks – such as the definition of fields, workflow, and work
- Kept and updated specific XML
element reference topics that warrant keeping, such as the FIELD (Definition)
and Control elements.
- Renamed and enhanced topics to include attribute definitions and examples.
- Eliminated all remaining
reference topics whose content had been consolidated, this included many
of the element definition and all of the schema definition topics.
Updated XML Element Reference Topics
- Index to XML
Element Definitions for Types of Work Items – Provides links to the syntax structure of
each XML element.
- All WITD XML Elements
Reference – Syntax for all root and parent elements.
- All FIELD XML Elements
Reference – Syntax for all field definition elements.
- All WORKFLOW XML Elements
Reference – Syntax for all workflow definition elements.
- All FORM XML Elements
Reference – Syntax for all definition elements that define the work item form.
Access the Schema Files
You can download the schema files for defining types of work items from the Code Gallery: Process Template and Work
Item Schemas for Visual Studio Team Foundation.
You can drop the schema files in the Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Xml\Schemas folder, and Visual Studio will validate your work item types or process template files using the appropriate schema
For more information about
how to use the schema files, see Allen Clark’s blog post: Using the Schemas to Edit
Work Item Types and Process Templates for Team Foundation in Visual Studio
New TOC Structure
What’s Coming Next
We will be making
similar updates to the content for the Process Template Schema
Let Us Know What You Think
- Is this streamlining an improvement?
- How can we improve this content area further?
- What information addressing customization of the work item tracking objects would you like to see addressed?