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The new Validation API enables businesses to write custom validation rules for their own purposes.
Microsoft Visio 2010 Premium edition introduced provides built-in rule sets for flowcharts, BPMN diagrams and SharePoint Designer Workflows. They subsequently became part of Visio Professional and Visio Online Plan 2. However, Microsoft Visio does not provide a rule set developer interface for the analyzing, amending or creating rules. This Rules Tools add-in fills this gap by providing an extra group in the Process tab in Visio that allows users to analyze existing rules, display issues, and to export/import rule sets..
It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, but the particular thousand words understood by each individual are more likely to be the same if the picture was created with commonly available rules. The structured diagramming features and Validation API in Visio 2010+ enable business diagramming rules to be developed, reviewed and deployed. The first diagramming types to have these rules applied to are process flowcharts, reminiscent of the vertical markets attacked by the first versions of Visio itself, but these rules can and will be extended beyond this discipline
- Review existing rule sets
- Create, update or delete rules
- Analyze and annotate issues
- Export/import rule sets to/from XML
- Standard and developer mode
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