Changing entry types
Added by IBM contributorIBM | Edited by Claudia R Elbourn on July 7, 2015
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Change certain activity entries from one type to another.

About this task

The following types of entries can be changed to other types:

  • chat
  • email
  • entry
  • reply
  • todo

Things to keep in mind when converting entry types:

  • When you convert an entry into a reply entry, you cannot associate the reply with an activity or a section directly. It must be associated with an existing activity entry.
  • When you convert an entry into a to-do entry, if you do not provide values for the <snx:assignedto> and <snx:duedate> elements, the Assigned To and Due Date fields will be empty.


1. Retrieve the existing entry. See Retrieving activity nodes.
2. Edit the returned Atom entry document to specify a different entry type.
a. Edit the term attribute of the <category> element with the scheme attribute value of
For example, to change a standard entry to a chat entry, edit this:



term="<span translate="0">entry</span>"

label="<span translate="0">Entry</span>"/>

to read as follows:



term="<span translate="0">chat</span>"

label="<span translate="0">Chat</span>"/>
b. If the new entry type has any special fields associated with it, provide a value for the field by including an element to represent it.
For example, if you are converting a standard entry field into a to-do entry, add the following elements to represent to-do item fields:



If you do not provide values, the fields are created, but are empty.

If you are converting an entry into a reply, add the following element to represent the parent of the entry.

Note: You cannot associate a converted reply with an activity or section directly. You must associate the reply entry with another activity entry.






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3. Update the entry with the new version of the Atom entry document that you have created. See Updating activity nodes.