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Examining the Results

Looking at the main view, you’ll see that the model structures have a good bit to say for themselves in the shape of the diagrams and the indicators that accompany them. A huge red X on a shape, for example, indicates a broken link; a plus sign under a shape invites a double-click for expansion. A dimmed shape represents a duplicate page, represented by a shape elsewhere on the map (see Figure 3).

Figure 3

Figure 3 Click a plus sign to expand to show child links.

You can glean a good bit of information from the map’s individual shapes. For example, if you want to know why a link is broken, you can right-click the big red X, click Properties, and Visio will show you information about the link, including the reason it’s broken. There is an exception—a known bug. If there’s a space in the hyperlink path (represented by the character sequence %20), Visio will choke on that character and report it as a broken link, as shown in the Properties box in Figure 4.

Figure 4

Figure 4 Hyperlinks with %20 in the path will report as broken links.

You can change the appearance of the site in several ways. The most obvious is to manipulate the shapes in the main view. If you right-click any shape, for example, you’ll get a menu from which you can collapse or expand hyperlinks (in any place where these choices are offered), so that whole branches of the map can seem to disappear and reappear.

You can also delete shapes. But anything you delete in the main view only appears to be gone. As long as a branch or node still exists in the inventory shown in the List Window or the Filter Window, it can always be restored. So let’s look at those two areas.

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