Re: Displaying extra information in Visio

Subject: Re: Displaying extra information in Visio
From: Julie Thomas <julie -dot- cm -dot- thomas -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TechWr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 06:26:08 -0400

Thanks Stuart and Margaret,
I like your idea Stuart! I remembered last night I have a really good Visio
book, so I'm taking it into the office today to see if I can figure out how
to do this up right. :)
Julie

On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 12:54 AM, Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>wrote:

> Margaret Cekis said:
> > I believe that you can use layers in Visio. My approach would be to
> > put the deliverable on one layer, and the inputs to each process or
> > deliverable on a separate layer, with a clickable icon to display
> > the more detailed information layer when desired. This prevents the
> > initial view of the diagram from looking like a plate of dropped
> > spaghetti. if space is tight, the fact tat the detailed layer may
> > cover or obscure part of the base diagram or callouts will not be
> > as aggravating, because the user will have already viewed the rest
> > of the information before opening the detail layer.
>
> As an extension to Margaret's suggestion, do you have enough room for a
> 'detail panel' to the side of the diagram? This would be like the Task Panes
> that were introduced in Word 2003.
>
> So the base layer would show all of the documents. Clicking one of the
> documents would show the inputs and outputs and any other information about
> that document in the detail panel. The document itself would be overlaid
> with another box or bubble (or however it's represented in the base layer)
> of the same dimensions but with a thicker border. You might also have a
> callout line leading from the document to the detail panel.
>
> So the whole diagram would be composed of the base layer, showing all
> documents, and one detail layer per document.
>
> I hope this makes sense! If not, let me know and I'll try to mock something
> up.
>
> Regards,
> Stuart
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