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I've published a globally reusable workflow which is associated with a parent or base content type.

Within one of my subsites I have a library full of documents that are child content types of this parent. My workflow does not appear as an available workflow for those documents. However if I (temporarily) permit documents of the parent content type to be added to the list then the workflow is available.

In SPD when I look at the child content types I see my workflow listed in the associated workflows box.

Should this work, am I missing something?

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I've discovered my mistake.

When you associate the workflow to a content type it is very important that you select the copy of the workflow from the 'globally reusable workflow' list and not the identical one on the 'reusable workflow' list.

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