Solved

Using Visio built web pages with IE11

Posted on 2015-02-18
5
1,120 Views
Last Modified: 2016-02-11
I build web pages using Visio 2010.  The pages contain shapes with embedded data.  When a user control/clicks on a shape on the web page, a details window opens which contains the embedded data.  This functionality does not appear to be available to users accessing these pages with IE11.  I understand that IE11 blocks outdated activeX controls. Could this be what is happening? If so, would building the pages with Visio 2013 resolve the issue?  Is there any work around which would allow IE11 users to utilized the embedded data functionality of Visio build web pages?
0
Comment
Question by:GWAllen
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:Scott Helmers
ID: 40619345
The explanation for the problem you've encountered is summarized nicely in this blog post by VIsio MVP John Goldsmith:
    http://visualsignals.typepad.co.uk/vislog/2012/09/visio-vml-and-ie10.html
Essentially, Microsoft removed support in IE 10 and later for the Vector Markup Language that Visio uses when it creates web pages.

John provides a workaround that involves adding one HTML tag to each Visio-created html file -- it works, but it may not be practical depending on the frequency with which you publish Visio diagrams. OTOH, it would be pretty easy to write a script or VBA to make that change automatically...   I don't know enough about group policy settings but it might be possible to accomplish the same thing via Windows group policy.
0
 

Author Comment

by:GWAllen
ID: 40619568
Thank You Scott:

Thank you for the thoughtful explanation and the link.  I encountered the issue concerning building pages with VML back when IE10 was released and addressed it by changing the output format to XAML.  So the pages are built with XAML, not VML, and they seem to work fine with IE 10.  The issue I am encountering with IE 11 seems to be a little different.  As described in the linked article, with IE 10 and VML the Visio shapes are not visible.  In this case, the shapes are visible, but the control/click details window does not function.  The pan and zoom and search features are also absent.  So I am wondering if IE 11 is blocking by default some active content, and if so if there is a work around?  Also there could be an issue with XAML?  Thanks again.
0
 
LVL 30

Accepted Solution

by:
Scott Helmers earned 500 total points
ID: 40623448
I did a bit more testing and the problem does appear to be that IE 11 does not support the left-pane navigation features for web pages created by Visio using either VML or XAML.

However, the fix suggested by John Goldsmith (above), i.e., adding
   <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=7, IE=8" >
in the <head> section of the Visio-created htm file does solve the problem in both cases, with one caveat: XAML also requires Silverlight to provide the left-pane features.

So it looks like we're back to the awkward problem of needing to insert a tag into each Visio-generated file. Is that workable?
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:GWAllen
ID: 40623557
Thank You Scott:

I will give that a go.  I like your idea of using VBA.  I imagine that I could add a command button to each Visio page that would activate VBA instructions to build the web page and also insert the script from John Goldsmith.  That would make the process not much different than what it is currently.  It may be a few days before I can get to that, but once I have given it a go, I will add a follow-up comment to this discussion reporting on my progress and/or issues.  Thank You Again!
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:Scott Helmers
ID: 40623796
As another option, you could also add a button to an existing tab on the ribbon, or create a custom tab with a "Publish" button. Clicking the button would do as you suggested above: save as HTML and then add the extra line of code.

If you've never worked with the ribbon before, it can be a bit tricky. I'd be happy to provide a sample if you'd like it.
0

Featured Post

Enroll in June's Course of the Month

June's Course of the Month is now available! Every 10 seconds, a consumer gets hit with ransomware. Refresh your knowledge of ransomware best practices by enrolling in this month's complimentary course for Premium Members, Team Accounts, and Qualified Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Periodically someone asks me whether there’s a way to automatically convert all of the pages in a Visio drawing to PowerPoint slides. There have even been a few times when I’ve wanted to do that myself but I never really had enough incentive to figu…
The ability to add structure to Visio diagrams using containers, lists and callouts is one of my favorite features in Visio 2010. In this article I’ll describe a mashup of containers and lists that meet a real-world need. Prior to reading this ar…
Although Jacob Bernoulli (1654-1705) has been credited as the creator of "Binomial Distribution Table", Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) did his dissertation on the subject in 1666; Leibniz you may recall is the co-inventor of "Calculus" and beat Isaac…
Do you want to know how to make a graph with Microsoft Access? First, create a query with the data for the chart. Then make a blank form and add a chart control. This video also shows how to change what data is displayed on the graph as well as form…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question