I never received a direct response on this issue but when speaking with QT Tech Support they confirmed that this should be the approach for users who need only a static view of the dashboard (no interaction required).
The problem is, there is a bug in the Generator code that doesn't supply the controls to the HTML files - in fact the Generator doesn't produce the necessary HTML files at all.
Here is a response I received from QT tech support when I filed an incident:
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You recent support case as described below has been confirmed by our QA department as a bug, ID 26047.
Bug #26047: Objects CLient Page Generator creating QlikX, the objects (Controls) are not seeing in ActiveX from IE browser
Please note that although every effort is made to fix bugs QlikTech reserves the right to delay and/or remove the fix at any time.
A follow-up call from my tech rep said they were looking into creating a patch but that was a month ago and I have been told in the past that they are not supplying patches for 8.5 any longer. I am coming to realize this bug will not be fixed with 8.5 - we are trying to upgrade to 9.x at this time anyway so I have dropped pursuit of a fix.
Hope this helps you from pursuing functionality that will probably never work with 8.5
I came across the Objects Client Page Generator technology while researching how to provide an HTML page "snap shot" of a dashboard that can be accessed by "clients" without having to consume QVS resources through loading a QVW file.
This is not entirely true. Objects Client Page Generator will help you generate the framework of HTML pages to build a layout (mainly for the AJAXZFC client). This can be used as a template if you further want to design your layout. The QVW-file must still be accessible through QVS (the HTML pages will not contain any data in itself) and will consume resource when opened.
I also noted that the Objects Client Page Generator setup only allows pushing of an HTML file to a single location whereas using the Publisher and AccessPoint allows for multiple AccessPoint distribution and security control.
You can place the generated HTML files in any location(s) on your web server, as long as you also make sure the required js files for AJAXZFC are available (installed with QVS) and the corresponding QVW file is published on the QVS.