Index to XML Element Definitions for Types of Work Items
Updated: January 2011
By using the index of elements in this topic, you can look up the syntax structure and find examples of how to use each element of the schema type definition for work item tracking. Elements are organized alphabetically and by the following four major groups:
WITD: The root element of the definition schema for types of work items.
FIELD (Definition): You use this element and its child elements to define a work item field and to specify the rules and conditions that apply to it. For more information, see Defining Work Item Fields.
WORKFLOW: You use this element and its child elements to define the states, transitions, and reasons that compose the workflow of a type of work item. In addition to the following elements, you can use most of the elements listed under FIELD Definition Elements later in this topic to reference a field and apply conditions to it when a user changes its state. For more information, see Designing the Workflow.
FORM: You use this element and its child elements to specify the fields that appear on the work item form and the layout or design of the form. For more information, see Designing the Layout of the Work Item Form.
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The schema definition for work item tracking defines all child elements of the FORM element as camel-case and all other elements as all capitalized. If you encounter errors when validating your type definition files, check the case structure of your elements. Also, the case structure of opening and closing tags must match according to the rules for XML syntax.
The following tables provides an index to the reference topics for all child elements of the parent container element. Also, you can access the topic that provides detailed information and examples for each child element.
You can download the schema files for defining types of work items from the following page on the Microsoft website: Process Template and Work Item Schemas for Visual Studio Team Foundation. For more information about how to use the schema files, see the following page on the Microsoft website: Using the Schemas to Edit Work Item Types and Process Templates for Team Foundation in Visual Studio.