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Approval Workflow and Digital Signatures

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 27, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

Environment = SharePoint MOSS 2007 Enterprise versio, and Office 2007 Professional/Enterprise

User = SharePoint Collection Admin, Full Control, other users signing and approving have Contribute permission

Settings on Out-of-the-Box (OOB) Approval WF are:  Start manually (no restrictions on manage list permission), Update Approval status on workflow completion, using the Worklfow Tasks list (created by default with the Publish feature enabled)

Documenent library requires content approval and both major and minor versioning are enabled.

Then, in a Word document,  digital signatures are inserted, and the Approval WF is started from within the Word client.  Here is what seems to be odd.  The document is required to be checked out (otherwise the sign operation is not allowed).  Upon checking the document out in order to sign it (no other modifications to the document), the minor version increases...normal behavor for checkout and checkin.  However, in signing a document, we would not want the minor version to change.  Also, the minor version increment is not necessarilly by one.  It might go from 0.1 to 0.3., 0.5., then 0.6 just with one person tasked to sign it and one check out one check in.

Question:  How is the OOB Approval workflow with digital signatures in say Word, really supp

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