That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could answer your iPage question..
Smart tags are new to IE6 / Office XP, but they hark back to the original concept of hypertext..
Smart tags are highlighted on a document and if you hover the mouse pointer over them then a pop-up menu will appear with a choice of actions. You choose which smart tags you're interested in by linking to a dictionary file..
Your original quote concerns the fact that smart tags are turned on by default, and the paranoid author is suggesting you turn them off by setting.
<meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="TRUE">..
The only reason I said wha tI said is because the newsletter program I was running on my iPage site talked about opt-in and opt-out for the emial comfirmation. but that must not be what it means then..
Good to know,..
Okay, so first of all, it doesn't even apply to Windows 98, right? And am I right in understanding that this isn't really something necesary? You see, if I placed that code in my tag, what would it do? Would it be for me or for visitors or am I way off on both counts? I suppose if it's for 2000 it doesn't really matter one way or another?.
And thanks so much - still don't quite get it, but I think I get the general jist of it. Is this pertaining just to newsletters?.
Do I ask too many questions??? Lol..can't help myself! I just had to come back, didn't I!..
"Smart tags are highlighted on a document and if you hover the mouse pointer over them then a pop-up menu will appear with a choice of actions. You choose which smart tags you're interested in by linking to a dictionary file"..
I was just reading that over again - that's neat when you see that in some cases. Is this like when let's say you see links across the top of a site, you put your mouse over a link and a list comes up telling you what is all on that link, right? Am I on the right track? I've seen that and thought it looks kind of neat...but wonder how many people notice if they just give it a quick click, you know?..
Something like that, except that it would be a word on the iPage site - not necessarily something that the web author had linked - and the contextual menu would be something that the web author had no control over. It would be programmed into IE6. There's been tremendous objection to it. Last I heard they weren't shipping it with XP at the moment, but that could be outdated information. The opt-out part means that if a web author doesn't want these links to appear on his iPage site he has to place a meta tag on each and every page to block it, and even that can be overidden by user preference...
I strongly suspect that they'll be annoying to users too, at least more often than they're helpful. That brings up another area of debate: whether they'll be enable by default in the browser or whether the user should have to enable them. It's thought that a lot of people will find them very annoying, but won't figure out how to turn them off...
Exactly! I don't think people should have to be forced to disable this because it's done by default - that doesn't sound right at all. That article I recieved about this said Microsoft got a ton of flack on it - maybe it won't wash. I wish I still had that newsletter because it explained some stuff about how disliked it is - and miss curious here had never heard of it which, of course, is why I popped in here...
I just received this in another e-mail and thought it was sort of interesting about this issue of "Smart Tags" if anyone else is curious like I was/am...
It's sort of long, but explains it well..
THE RANT BOX.
=> You're Being Stolen From!.
...and you probably don't even know it..
Original thinking about Windows XP was to incorporate the use of.
Smart Tags. What Smart Tags do is underline certain words in the.
Text of a web site, any and all web sites, with links to Microsoft and.
For instance, if you had an article on your iPage site about replacing.
Storm windows, the word windows would link to Microsoft because.
That's the name of their operating system. This was equated by.
Many with site-jacking. Thousands were outraged, and the voices of.
Protest made Microsoft back off from the idea, for now anyway..
At least with Smart Tags, it supposed to be limited to things like.
Company names and product names..
Now there is a program called TOPText that is worse. Advertisers.
Can buy keywords, and anyone with TOPtext installed would see.
Whatever words the advertiser paid for linked to the advertiser's site.
On your site. Again, as with Smart Tags, without the webmasters.
Consent for the links to be there..
Why would anyone want to install software that enables advertisers.
To make ads out of ordinary words? Most wouldn't. That's why.
EZula, the company that developed TOPtext, made a deal to have.
It bundled with KaZaA, a popular Napster replacement. It's snuck.
Onto your operating system when you install KaZaA, just like a.
Virus! It's the only way they can get it onto people's computers..
Few people realize it's being installed, they just all of a sudden.
Start seeing yellow underlines under every word an advertiser wants.
To buy. This is totally underhanded, you should be outraged as a.
Web iPage site owner and as a computer user/surfer. And we won't even.
Talk about how all those yellow underlines make your page look!.
This isn't an insignificant number were talking about. KaZaA had.
Almost 5 million downloads in July alone. There are a significant.
Number of people coming to your iPage site that could be spirited away.
By clicking a link that you didn't place there. That link could lead.
Directly to a competitor if you have a business site..
McAfee Antivirus was, and perhaps still is, one of the advertisers..
The word "antivirus" was linked on the Symantec antivirus iPage site to.
The McAfee site, and they are arch rivals. There are other instances.
Of links created on one iPage site directly to a competitor's site..
This will further the move toward pay for content web sites. If.
Webmasters can't make money selling advertising, and software.
Like TOPtext can create links on your iPage site and steal traffic without.
Your consent, there will be little choice but to change to the pay for.
Content model or shut down. Don't be surprised if I'm forced into a.
Pay for content model. I'm seriously thinking about it..
This whole concept should be should be, and probably is, illegal..
They are selling the words off your web page with no compensation.
To you. That is your intellectual property they are selling and you're.
Not being compensated for it. That must be copyright infringement..
I rarely advocate lawsuits, I think most are greed based and.
Frivolous, but I hope someone sues EZula and KaZaa and they lose.
Everything. I hope their advertisers face lawsuits for traffic.
I hope a bird poops on their heads...every day..
I don't have the money to sue them, but if there are any attorneys.
Out there reading this and needing a test case to make a name for.
Themselves, write to me. I'm outraged by the whole concept..
In case you want to join me in a boycott of the advertisers and the.
Theft enablers, the ones I know of are:.
Wells Fargo Bank.
BMG Entertainment (Music Service).
I also wrote to EZula and suggested they find ways to compensate.
The web iPage site owners they're stealing from, because as it is, they're.
Selling someone else's copyrighted words. If you want to do the.
For further reading on this story:.
San Francisco Chronicle.
That is totally infuriating. I hope that eventually it's found to be an infringement of some kind or other and becomes illegal for all companies including Microsoft...