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Save As Web Link Problem: Visio 2003 & IE7

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Read Full ArticleThere has been a lot of buzz in the newsgroups about Save As Web hyperlinks not functioning correctly when exporting from Visio 2003 and viewing in Internet Explorer 7. Evidently the problem is only for Visio 2003 and IE7, and when the export uses VML as it’s output.

VML is the Vector Markup Language that enables the rich, vector-based web-export, with all the cool features like Zoom and Search. When Visio exports to html using this format, it structures hyperlinks and sub-links in a way that IE7 doesn’t support.

Two parties that have researched the problem in detail have posted workarounds and tools to address the issue:

Visio Insights: Hyperlink Problem in Internet Explorer 7
The folks over in Redmond on the Microsoft Visio Team have published this article that describes the problem and proposes two work-arounds.

Data Assist: Visio Hyperlink Corrector for IE7 (English) (Deutsch)
The clever guys up in Berlin have created a tool that fixes this problem for you. Have a look!


  • bob proctor says:

    I looked at and loaded the Visio Hyperlink Corrector; and have absolutely no idea what it does, how it’s invoked, etc.
    hate to be publicly stupid, but there wasn’t any documentation included with it, so I have to resort to ATD; Ask The Developer..

    thanks for any help.

    .bob p

  • Visio Guy says:


    Here’s the instructions. They’ll be on DataAssist’s site tomorrow, as well.

    – Chris


    Summary: The Correction tool for Visio HTML export corrects a bug in the web export-functionality of Visio 2003 in combination with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 (IE 7).

    The tool is given away without any implied or explicit warranties. DataAssist is not liable for any damages the tool makes on the files, the user accepts that the usage of the tool is on own risk.

    The tool is used as follows:

    1. Create the HTML export with the option that supporting files should be placed in a subdirectory

    2. Run the correction tool and point it to the subdirectory created in step 1

    3. Let the tool make the corrections

    4. DONE

  • bob proctor says:

    many thanks! you guys are lifesavers…

  • Linda says:

    That fixed it all up a treat! I had spent ages on it thinking I had done something wrong.

  • Skafti says:


    I found your great site trying to fix a problem with viso 2003 and IE6. Can you give me any hint about this problem?

    I posted it but get no reply (contents shown below)

    n Visio 2003, when I create a hyperlink it does not show as hand symbol in a
    Web page. A message repeating the name of the shape and the text “Click to
    follow hyperlink” is displayed. lWeb pages that I made 3 years ago, also from
    Visio 2003, do show the hand. When I open the old drawings and save them, the
    hand symbol is replaced with the name of the shape and the “Click to follow
    hyperlink” message.
    How can I “get the hand back”?
    Best regards

  • Dumzie says:


    I am facing a problem getting the Visio Corrector Tool to work.I did install it, but when I try to run it its posting an Application Error – The application failed to initialized properly (0xc000007b). Click on OK to terminate the application

    Can you guys please help.

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