Re: Interactive Flowchart

Subject: Re: Interactive Flowchart
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 10:33:24 -0800 (PST)

> My current plan is to create the flowcharts in Visio to make sure I
> have the
> details correct. Then, I'll import them into Macromedia Director
> and create
> the necessary links and have the flowcharts as a separate
> executable linked to the help file.
> Does anybody on this list have any experience with interactive
> flowcharts, or know where I could see an example?

Philip...I can think of several ways to do all this, (I do most of
this all the time) but I don't know how much of any of them will work
once you tie them into RH. I have a feeling that it will a greate
deal. Note...this applies to Visio 2002..don't know if this would
apply to an earlier version.

1) If you can incorporate Off-page reference icons from the Basic
Flowchart Shapes stencil pallet, then when you drag it to the page, a
dialog box is displayed asking you where to place its companion
connector. This dialog includes the option of picking an existing
page or a new page. The gotcha is that they need to be different
pages wiithin the same Visio flowchart file. If you convert the files
to web pages, the off-page reference turns into a hyperlink.

2) You can highlight an element, then press Ctrl-K to add a hyperlink
to the file. You can reference the file, or through Subaddress, the
specific page or anchor (this is the equivilent to bookmark
(#bookmark) in a web page. Again, convert to web pages and the
hyperlinks remain.

3) Convert them all to GIFs, then use the image map capabilities to
draw a region around the icon and direct it to another GIF.

For the More Information requirements, you can highlight the element
in Visio, select Insert -> Comment, then type your comment. When you
place the cursor over the element, it displays simiolar to0 an ALT
tag on a web. If you are converting this to a GIF or Web page, use
web techniques to do the samr thing.

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
Current gig ending 4/15
mailto:john -at- tdandw -dot- com, 732-259-2874

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