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Chapter 26. Packaging and Deploying Visi... > Web-Based Document Viewing and Inter...

Web-Based Document Viewing and Interaction

Most users, and many developers as well, are not aware that Visio is an active document application. This means that Visio diagrams may be both viewed and edited across the Internet based upon some specific criteria. Presume that you have a Web server located in Koala Lumpur. That Web server has public access to a directory containing a Visio diagram. Presume also that you are located in Minot, North Dakota and you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater as your Web browser. Additionally presume that you have a copy of Visio 5.0 or higher installed on your desktop. You do not even need to be aware that Visio is installed locally; it simply resides there.

When you are actively working within IE 4.0 or greater and browsing Web pages, if you access the Visio diagram located on the Web server, you can open that diagram and actively run code against it, modify it, query information about it, print it, and generally work with the diagram as if it were residing on your local machine (subject to connectivity speeds, of course). Other individuals will be able to view the diagram at the same time; however, the first one to open it has the edit rights and the others will be able to view and interact with it as it existed at its last saved state. Because they have read-only access, any changes they make will be lost when they exit the diagram.


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