Significant Changes Made to Streamline the Content for Work Item Type Schema Reference

Kathryn Elliott

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 item forms. 
  • 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  

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 FilesMicrosoft Visual Studio 10.0XmlSchemas 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

Defining Work Item Fields

Defining and Customizing Work Item Workflow

Designing and Customizing a Work Item Form

What’s Coming Next

We will be making similar updates to the content for the Process Template Schema Reference.

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? 



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