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Should Document library versioning be enabled when storing XML files? I know the advantages of turning it on for MS office documents. Does it do any good turning it on for XML files and folders?

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You can always get the benefits of versioning in SharePoint whether you are adding versioning on word documents or on XML files.

When to enable:

So whenever your file contents or its metadata going to be changed and you want to see the changes made or restore the previous version then you should enable versioning.

Benefits:

  1. Ability to audit the history of an item: Version history allows you to retrace the history of an item or a document, since the date and time it was first created till present.

  2. Ability to track metadata changes: Any metadata changes are perfectly visible in the version history log.

  3. Ability to track content changes: If you enable versioning on a document library, you can access any previous versions of the document just by clicking on a previous version link.

  4. Ability to restore previous versions: You can also restore older versions if need be.

  5. Ability to compare SharePoint versions: This is not necessarily a SharePoint feature, but more of a Word feature. Essentially what you can do is compare different SharePoint versions of the document in Word using MS Word Compare feature.

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The benefits of versioning are the same no matter what type of file it is. You should use versioning when:

  • The contents of the document are going to change, and
  • You want to be able to have access to previous versions of the document, for whatever reason (to see what changed, restore to a previous version if the current version is no longer valid, etc.)

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