Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Users already understand the functionality of smart tags. In Office XP,
smart tags offered special formatting options (such as Paste Special) as well as
certain recognizers such as contact names, dates, and times. Smart tags,
especially used in conjunction with smart documents, have the power to merge
disparate corporate processes into more efficient sharing of information. The
easy exchange of XML data among applications and databases—or to lists on a
SharePoint Team Services site—enable businesses to make critical data
available to trusted sources in a variety of integrated ways.
Tip The smart tag application programming interface (API) library
has been expanded to include new resources for developers. The
smart tag library is named Microsoft Smart Tags 2.0 Type Library, and
you can watch for it on www.msdn.microsoft.com/downloads. To learn
more about planning, implementing, and deploying enterprise smart
tags, you can download and read the Smart Tag Enterprise Resource
Kit from the same site.
What’s New with Smart Tags in Office 2003?
Smart tags now do more and are more flexible than ever before. Developers
will find they have more control over the smart tags they create and will be able
to develop and deploy smart tags easily. XML support throughout Office 2003
adds an additional boost by enabling developers to use XML to extend MOSTL,
the smart tag recognizer and action handler, without going back into the code.
Specifically, smart tags in Office 2003 have been enhanced in the following
Improved support for smart tags in Word, Excel, and Outlook.
New support for smart tags in PowerPoint and Access.
Recognition of regular expression and context-free grammar.
New smart tag properties allow developers to create customizable
Smart tag actions can run directly when a recognizer identifies a
string as a smart tag.
Cascading menus give developers the option of providing users with