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Ref: 201008181702
Last Edited: July 4th, 2012
 
Any character not alpha numeric, i.e. abcd...1234..., should not be used in your Visio Process diagrams if they can be avoided.  Characters that are known to cause Process Navigator errors are shown below although it is worth noting that there will likely be other symbol characters that interfere with Process Navigator as these do:
  1. < > When used in properties, Process Navigator interprets these as XML tags and the data will not be displayed correctly
  2. / Cannot be used in a file name as Windows see's this as a folder switch name
  3. " When used in a file name, causes Internet explorer to render a page incorrectly
  4. ; When used in a file name, causes Internet explorer to render a page incorrectly
  5. : When used in a file name, causes Internet explorer to render a page incorrectly
  6. & When used in properties, to property value cannot be searched, If used in a file name relative links between process maps will not work correctly. It also causes problems when linking from menus as the page that is reported in the list of process maps is not the same as what Internet explorer displays
  7. - (short Hyphen sometimes referred to as an 'N' style) Can be used in all shapes, but if used on a deliverable, and the matching deliverable uses an extended hyphen (see below) the maps will not link together. It is very difficult to spot on a page. Commonly occurs when copying an pasting from other applications. This is also a problem for deliverable linking as Process Navigator will see 'E-mail notification' differently to 'Email notification' and will not link them
  8. – (long hyphen sometimes referred to as an 'M' style) - Same as above in reverse.
  9. ' Will give an issue when exporting to Excel as this character if at the start of a line will be ignored. Can also cause a problem with deliverable linking if one name has it in and the other does not.  It can also cause a problem with the library search when included in published content.
  10. @ If used in a file name can cause errors in internet explorer
  11. $ When used in a file name Window sees this a temporary file. If the file is read, Internet explorer will not link to that page correctly
  12. . Is an identifier in a file name for the file format. The file 'my.process.vdx' will not publish as windows sees the file format as process not vdx
  13. , When used in a file name Internet explorer will add additional characters which will cause problems navigating 
  14. _ (Underscores) When used in file names can cause serious problems for Visio creating HTML, Process Navigator removes these characters on publish. Please do not use them. Can also cause a problem with deliverable due to inconsistent naming conventions
 

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