It would save us a lot of time and extra steps if we could create a topology that included data from multiple feature datasets.
I work in local government. Each department that uses GIS has their own feature dataset(s) (so they can manage permissions), but we have data that depends on other departmental data (for example, we manage zoning and zoning has boundaries that follow parcel boundaries which are managed by a different department). So, we have to copy their data into our feature dataset (nightly) in order to have topology rules based on their data. When we do this process- it creates a maintenance headache- but it also makes it so we cannot save our topology rule exceptions.
Could you allow topology across feature datasets- but still allow users to control permissions to each feature dataset?