If you're the only one who needs to see a space plan, you can work with it in Visio, where you'll have access to the custom properties for each of the shapes. However, if you want to share the space plan—perhaps a manager needs to know where her reports are sitting, or the local computer expert needs to update virus protection software in certain offices—you have several options:
In addition, facilities management software developers can use Visio as their graphic engine for Web deployment. Space plans and the data that goes with them can be saved in XML (eXtensible Markup Language) format and integrated into other software programs. Exactly how to do this is beyond the scope of this book. However, Microsoft provides developer documentation for Visio that includes information about programming and XML. For details, search http://msdn.microsoft.com/visio for information about a Visio XML reference, which was not yet available at the time this book was being written.
Figure 26-28. When you save a space plan as HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and use VML (Vector Markup Language) format, you can interact with the drawing using Internet Explorer 5 or later.