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Change in Format for Knowledge Base Articles

In an effort to standardize naming conventions for its technical articles, Microsoft has eliminated the letters at the beginning of the article identifiers.

In an effort to standardize naming conventions for its technical articles, Microsoft has eliminated the letters at the beginning of the article identifiers.

The letters used to be how Microsoft distinguished its Knowledge Base articles in different languages. Articles in English, for example, were prefaced with a “Q,” French with “F,” and German with “D.” In all, TechNet articles are published in 21 languages. Additionally, articles in different languages were given different numbers. Now articles will have one number only, regardless of language. That means some articles in non-English languages will have different numbers now. Not to fear, though: For the next two years, URLs to KB articles will still function, but no more articles are being published using the old conventions. The new interface for searching the KB will automatically detect your language settings through either a cookie or your browser’s language settings.

For a listing of the previous language prefixes used, see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;kbnumb.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Feb 14, 2003 Soumendra Ray Anonymous

The best KB search was the e-mail one. Just send the article # to MShelp and you had the article in your inbox in seceonds. It was much simpler, better and easier. Can we have the e-mail one back again?

Sun, Feb 9, 2003 christine China

the format of certified short training letters

Sat, Feb 1, 2003 Harry Brelsford Bainbridge Island, WA

Pleeasseeee return the date field to TechNet article when I search by keyword. I like to search on the term "SBS" each month on the CD Disc version. I can no longer sort by date to see the newest articles that relate to my beloved SBS! Bring back the DATE!

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Fri, Jan 31, 2003 Scott Coverston Utah State Tax Commission

I like the change in the format. One additional item would be very helpful. There are so many articles where I have not been able to find the date that they were written. It would be good to have a publish date in the same location for each article. Thanks

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