Chapter 8. Validating and Extracting Information

In previous chapters, we learnt how to import data and display information graphically. However, Visio can be used to generate data too, so in this chapter we will learn a little about validation rules and the Shape Reports tool. We will learn how to retrieve values from Shape Data and the User-defined Cell rows. We will also learn how to navigate connections between shapes, and whether a shape is inside a container or a list.

In this chapter, we will learn:

  • What validation rules are
  • How to use the Shape Reports tool
  • How to write code to extract information from structured diagrams

Introducing validation rules

So far, most of this book has dealt with importing data into a Visio diagram, keeping it synchronized ...

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