Re: [SC] OT: MS Smart Tags
- And a hidden layer (HTML 4) too.
> >Of course, the downside of that (which works equally well for GIF
>>text), is that search engines cannot read it either.
>No Adam, you can set an swf up with search tags.
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- Adam observed:
> >Of course, the downside of that (which works equally well for GIFTo which Wayne Townsend pointed out:
> >text), is that search engines cannot read it either.
>No Adam, you can set an swf up with search tags.Hmph. More work though. More importantly for me, you can't select and
drag-drop/copy-paste Flash text. Not unless it is an editable text
field, in which case we might as well go back to HTML 1.0! :-)
Flash is jaw-droppingly stunning for lots of stuff, but it ain't snake oil! ;-)
Anyway, from the latest news it appears that Beelzebub inc. - sorry,
Microsoft - has made an embarrassing climbdown on this front; it will
not, so reports say, now be implemented in either IE 6 or in Windows
XP. You can read the MacUser news story on this at
And for those too impatient to click and wait a few seconds, here's
how the article starts:
"Neither Windows XP nor the accompanying Internet Explorer 6
will carry the much derided Smart Tags when they are launched
in the autumn.
"The details behind this decision have yet to emerge, but a
Microsoft UK spokesperson has confirmed that Windows XP and
Internet Explorer 6 would not contain the Smart Tags feature
when they are launched, 25 October. More official information
will be forthcoming this afternoon, we have been promised.
"Microsoft will have thought long and hard before making what
will be regarded as an embarrassing climb down. After all, the
company has been busy extolling the functionality of these
programmable tags for its recently released Office XP suite.
"It seems pressure from American state bodies, and from within
the industry itself, may have put Microsoft temporarily on the
back foot. Critics are alleging that Microsoft has learnt
nothing from its recent anti-trust case and was again using
its monopoly-like position to control the behaviour of browsers."
Keith Martin Technical Editor, MacUser magazine
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>God forbid! :)
>More importantly for me, you can't select and
>drag-drop/copy-paste Flash text. Not unless it is an editable text
>field, in which case we might as well go back to HTML 1.0! :-)
But you make a good point, Keith.
At any rate, it would seem to me that it is the responsibility of the
web designer to put certain text that the audience may wish to copy
into editable flash text fields, doesn't it? That's just good web
And yes, the Flash/Flame combo is the greatest thing since sliced
bread, so there! :)
This latest MS world domination scheme (not to worry, there will be
others) is just another example of why web designers should dump html
for it. No one, no not one SC developer that I know of who has taken
this advice has regretted their decision. Guys, you can chime in
here anytime. ;)
And Keith, don't you think Web Apps built with this Flash/Flame
technology deserve a new story in your mag? So many developers would
be empowered if they only knew. If they only knew. I'm happy to
provide content and technique tips.
Here's a toast to you and hoping,
Thanks for the link to that article,
And say "howdy & wazzup!" to Jon for me when you see him,
Studio: Palm Springs, CA