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help, what to do about workitem attributes when the workitem type changes.

sam detweiler (12.5k6189201) | asked Jan 18 '13, 12:37 p.m.
we are running

we have a custom Defect workitem (and attributes on all other workitems) that make the workitems non symmetrical.

and we have run into a couple problems..

1. I create a workitem of type Defect, and for some reason, I need to convert this to Task. (we will handle the
   work in the new development, under a Story).
   the 30 fields in Defect that aren't in Task are now on the Custom tab of the Task workitem.. as seen from

   except.. that the custom tab does not appear on the web UI at all.

2. we need to add a temporary variable to Epic, that will be deprecated when our requirements Mgmt tool comes online. we decided to put this on the custom tab so that we wouldn't have to change any of the training material to document the new field on the overview tab. (when u need to train 5000 people its no small task to keep things up to date)..
   but the custom tab doesn't show in the Web ui.. oops.. thats the tool the team uses, cause they are in plan view, and plan view no longer works completely in eclipse ui.

I cannot hide a tab.


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Ralph Schoon (61.5k33643) | answered Jan 18 '13, 2:28 p.m.
edited Jan 18 '13, 3:03 p.m.
 The "custom" tab only appears in the Eclipse UI. It is not available in the web UI. In the Eclipse UI it is showing attributes that are not configured in the editor presentation. If you want to see custom attributes in the Web UI, you need them to the editor presentation for the type.

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sam detweiler (12.5k6189201) | answered Jan 18 '13, 3:27 p.m.
thanks.. can u point me to doc on the Custom tab limitation.. we had intended to use that for another purpose..

Ralph Schoon commented Jan 19 '13, 9:28 a.m. | edited Jan 19 '13, 9:31 a.m.

This is not a limitation as far as I can tell. I could not find a feature documentation that the Eclipse client does show unconfigured custom attributes. So this appears to be an undocumented feature. There is no indication that the Web UI should show unconfigured attributes either, that I could find. documents the process, talks about editor presentations and links to a help section on customizing them. It does however not mention the Eclipse UI, the Web UI or capabilities or limitations of said UIs. and has more details on editor tabs.

There are many similar questions here in the forum indicates a work item, however, I can currently not access it. I can also not create a work item against documentation to make an explicit statement that you have to configure the presentation to show the attribute.

sam detweiler commented Jan 19 '13, 10:16 a.m.

thank you for the update..

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