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I created an annotation layer in a trial of 10.5 that will not open in 10.0. I don't see why this should be as the annotation resides in my fgdb and not a map document.

When I try to open it in 10.0 I get the following error:

"Item does not have a definition. The XML being loaded could not be parsed."

The associated layer opens fine.

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As a test I think you should use the Create File GDB tool from ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 to create an empty file geodatabase for ArcGIS Desktop 10.0.

Then, still using ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 use the Catalog window to copy/paste your annotation feature class into the 10.0 file geodatabase.

I am hopeful that this may then be opened in ArcGIS Desktop 10.0.

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