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From an MS FAQ posting --

As part of their content, content providers can disable smart tags recognizers from being applied to their pages by specifying the following meta tag:

 <meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="TRUE">


Articles and opinions

Smart Tags are gone ...for now
http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6399150.html?tag=mn_hd

The Smart Tags Weblog
http://smarttags.manilasites.com/

Smart Tag parody
[All your content are belong to us]

Chris Kaminski wrote a long article in ALA about the current (June 22, 2001) state of affairs
http://www.alistapart.com/stories/smarttags/

Microsoft backtracks and changes SmartTag implementation in response to firestorm of criticism
http://scobleizer.manilasites.com

According to this information here, the above opt-out can be overruled by the user
http://w3future.com/weblog/2001/06/13.html

A fairly popular (and hilarious!) article on the subject
http://www.zdnet.com/intweek/stories/columns/0,4164,2772297,00.html

Dave Winer doesn't like them all that much
http://scriptingnews.userland.com/backissues/2001/06/13#smartTags :http://davenet.userland.com/2001/06/13/microsoftfreeFridays

And the head lemur doesn't like them at all
Smart Tags - Dumb Idea http://www.lemurzone.com/edit/converse43.htm
The Microsoft Internet - The Next Episode http://www.lemurzone.com/edit/converse42.htm
Federal Trade Commission Complaint http://www.lemurzone.com/news/june162001.htm

Here's a site which proposes identifying meta-tagged sites as "100% Smart Tag Free" (with button gif)
http://www.genericradio.com/smarttags

Windows XP to get fewer Microsoft Smart Tags outside United States
http://iwsun4.infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/01/06/21/010621hnsmartags.xml?0622fram

TopText eZula KaZaA Commercial Variant
Mystery links -- New Web advertising tool gets results, draws criticism (Non-MS implementation KaZaA TOPtext Desktop shipping as sneakware)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/07/30/BU231339.DTL

KaZaA home page
http://www.kazaa.com
http://www.kazaa.com/index.php?page=tosweb -- KaZaA Terms of Use --
Note especially item 9
"KaZaA's Right to Run Advertising Without Compensation to Users!"

Explanation and screen shots of TopText in operation
http://gethighforums.com/Forum10/HTML/001386-3.html

Script to disable TopText on a page-by-page basis, from Jim Ley
http://jibbering.com/toptext.html

Petition drive by ScamWare.net --
http://www.scamware.net/toptext.htm

Site that tracks scumware developments, gives workarounds --
http://www.scumware.com/

Programs using this sneak technology:


Flyswat Free Variant
Flyswat pops up links connected with selected words. User can build own linklist. Linklist maintained on flyswat's server.
http://www.flyswat.com/

Gator - Overwrites banner ads with its own ads
FlashTrack - Pops up ads in front of search engine listings
SaveNow Coupon Variant says of itself, "ABOUT SAVENOW -- SaveNow is a program that brings you relevant coupons and offers and alerts you to various deals and services when you surf the web. SaveNow is installed on your computer as a module that comes with WhenUShop or other software that you download from the Internet. At that time, you accept a SaveNow license agreement as part of the download process you complete. It is our strict policy to distribute SaveNow only to users who have accepted the SaveNow license agreement. If you believe you have received SaveNow without accepting the license agreement please let us know at legal@whenu.com."

See http://www.whenu.com/about_savenow.html. Search Google for "savenow" for remedies (http://www.scumware.com/ offers some advice).


Adware - software that fetches ads from the Mother Ship when you use the program
Microsoft documentation

(the closest thing we have to "facts")

From [IEX6 Public Preview FAQ, 2 July 2001]:

 "Will smart tags be part of Internet Explorer 6?
 Microsoft has announced that, although smart tags are present
 in the latest Public Preview, they will not be part of the
 final  release of Internet Explorer 6."

IEX6 Public Preview FAQ (this is the MS FAQ posting mentioned at the top of this page)
http://groups.google.com/groups?as_umsgid=eDkIfn78AHA.1884%40tkmsftngp05

Creating Smart Tags in Web Parts
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnsmarttag/html/SmartParts.asp?frame=false

IEX6 Preview smart tag introduction
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/preview/smarttags/default.asp

Developing Smart Tag DLLs (with a pretty picture of what they look like)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/techart/odc_smarttags.htm#odc_smarttags_intro

Adding smart tags to webpages
http://www.microsoft.com/officedev/xp_06_2001/odc_stwebpages.htm

Office XP Developer Center - Smart Tags
http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/xp/smarttags.asp

Microsoft Seminar - Developing Custom Smart Tags in Office XP
http://www.microsoft.com/Seminar/Includes/Seminar.asp?url=/Seminar/en/office/20010410devt1-11/portal.xml

Developing Smart Tag solutions
http://msdn.microsoft.com/voices/office06072001.asp

Microsoft Office XP Smart Tag SDK 1.1
http://msdn.microsoft.com/code/sample.asp?url=/msdn-files/027/001/652/msdncompositedoc.xml

Scripting Smart Tags. Explanation of how they work, complete with pretty pictures
http://msdn.microsoft.com/voices/scripting05142001.asp

The Smart Tag object
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/officedev/vbaxl10/xlobjSmartTag.htm

Archived columns on MSDN
http://msdn.microsoft.com/voices/archive.asp#scripting

All MSDN recently posted articles, including a few about smart tags
http://msdn.microsoft.com/siteguide/recent.asp

On a related note, from Jim Ley in alt.html comes this neat trick to search the Microsoft site about smart tags. This search works a lot better than Microsoft's own search facility. Go to http://www.google.com and type this into the search box:

 "smart tag" site:msdn.microsoft.com

(Or simply use this link: http://www.google.com/search?q=%22smart+tag%22+site%3Amsdn.microsoft.com)


By the way, I'd appreciate it if someone else could provide a few useful links and pointers, too. Getting kinda tired of hunting those smart-ass tags. Matthias Gutfeldt

But you have such a natural talent for the smart-ass stuff! Jerry Muelver


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