I am working in Tridion 2011SP1. The issue I'm trying to address relates to the fact that attaching Workflow Page Process Definitions has to be done via the Structure Group properties and these are not inherited down to nested SGs.

I thought of approaching this problem much like Alexander Klock from the perspective of updating structure groups as they're created/edited and cascading those changes, including adding the ability to disable the automatic inheritance, etc.

However, we have other functionality on the site that will walk up a hierarchical chain and use whatever the value of the first ancestor that has it defined. So, rather than needing to always manage/update structure groups' settings, you could just set it on the root SG and for the most part be done with it (other than adding a mechanism to ignore/override).

In my TOM.NET event system code, I am getting the current page's SG and if it doesn't have a Workflow Process defined I am walking up its ancestry until I came to an SG that has a Workflow ProcessDefinition.

I pretty much have this working, but I've been looking online and in the API documentation and I can't seem to figure out how to use TOM.NET to programmatically push a page into a particular workflow process...

Perhaps there just isn't a straightforward way and just need to figure out how to build out the WorkItem, ActivityInstance, ProcessInstance, etc. I was just hoping I was missing something simple like a constructor for an object that would just throw a page into a defined process.

UPDATE: Since it seems this is not possible in Tridion 2011 SP1, I went ahead and implemented something along the lines of Alexander Klock's blog post. I added a comment to his blog post which details the changes I made (it's currently awaiting moderator approval).


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There's no way to do it. Functionality you are looking for was added in SDL Tridion 2013 release. There you can push page into any existing process, or start a new one, without even specifying anything on structure group

  • Is it also true there's no way to do it with Core Service?
    – J Stuart
    Jul 11, 2013 at 16:24
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    On 2011 SP1 there's no any nice way, on 2013 - you could use core service Jul 12, 2013 at 5:42

To kick off workflow for an item a content editor typically just needs to create or edit the item, i.e. perform the first manual activity. So try simulating that with the event system: try making a dummy page modification to one of the page's attributes (like append a white space to the end of the page's title [it should get trimmed automatically anyway]) and do Page.Save(true). That should kick off workflow for that page.

  • That will only work if the structure group the page is in already has a workflow process defined. I was trying to get a page to go into workflow for a process definition NOT in it's owning structure group...
    – J Stuart
    Jul 11, 2013 at 16:02
  • Didn't want to leave you hanging without a solution on 2011. Jul 11, 2013 at 16:13

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