They can, unfortunately I don't have the directions with me. I'll try later this evening.
you might try this
You can add the User.visEquivTitle cell to your shape and provide a string
that will display as a tooltip in the web output. The shape must also have
at least one custom property for the tooltip to be visible.
1) Select the shape in your drawing that you want to add a web tooltip for
2) Go to Window > Show Shapesheet
3) Go to Insert > Section, check User-defined cells and click OK
4) In the newly created section, click on the row name User.Row_1 to select
the title of the row
5) Type visEquivTitle and press Enter - you should now see
User.visEquivTitle for the row
6) In the Value cell of that row, enter the text you want to display
surrounded by quotes (e.g. "Hello World")
7) If you instead want to display the same tooltip as the Shape ScreenTip
enter =Comment (no quotes)
8) Go to Insert > Section, check Custom properties and click OK
9) You can fill in the custom property Label and Value if you want this
information to be visible
10) If you don't want the custom property to be visible, enter TRUE in the
11) Close the Shapesheet window and repeat for any other shape you like
12) Choose File > Save as Web Page to create the HTML output
As you can see this is a bit involved. The capability was designed more as
a developer feature than an end user feature. I recommend tying the Shape
ScreenTip to the User cell so that you see the same tooltip in both Visio
and the web output. It should also be possible to use Macro Recorder to
automate these steps. If your shape has a custom property but does not have
the User.visEquivTitle cell, Visio will display the shape's text in a
Thank, you, Al (and Mark) for these clear step-by-step instructions. It is more work than I anticipated but it seems it ought to work. I will try it this upcoming week and mark as answer if it works.
The Custom Properties section has been renamed to Shape Data.
I have the same problem with Visio (2010 Professional). Following the instructions you gave, everything seemed fine until step #8 where I do not see a 'Custom' option available.
By way of context, I am trying to create process models where each task has multiple links to webpages, documents, sub-processes and screentips. I've also noticed that the web drawings loose some of the shapes that I have included - so something of a headache all round really !!