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How to use the custom attribute type "tag"

Morten Madsen (3053250) | asked Nov 05 '12, 3:09 a.m.
Hi all,

we're trying to create an attribute witht the type "tag" to use it for categorizing work items in a business specific context. The built-in field "tags" is a "free to use" field and is used for both personal and project specific purposes.

I have some problems / questions about this "tag" type:

1. When you create a field with the type "tag", it will get underlined in the work item editor. When you click the link, it will then do a search of all similar tagged work items. But it will search in the "Tags" field, and not my "Business Tags" field. I consider this a defect. Agree?

2. You cannot group by this new field in the plan. I've tried to man-handle RTC a little bit, but I can see that the "TagGroupProvider" which provides the "group by tag" function in plans, does not take any XML parameters (like  the Enumerator provider) and therefore is hard-coded to only look in the "Tags" field.

Any comments?


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Lauren Hayward Schaefer (3.3k11727) | answered Nov 05 '12, 7:48 a.m.
Hi Morten,

1.  I tested this out, and I agree that you have found a defect.  I added tags to my built-in tags field and my business tags field.  The only field that was searched was the built-in tags field even when I searched in the business tags field.  You can submit a bug against RTC in the My Stuff section.

2.  I don't know enough about the plans to give you any suggestions here.  Perhaps someone else will be able to.
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