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Microsoft Office 2003 Editions: Overview of Developer TechnologiesSeptember 2004

Support for cascading action menus, so you can logically group actions by hierarchy. This can help users find related actions, help shorten the overall menu length or simply consolidate actions so they are separated from other action handlers.

The ability to register smart tags at a computer level and not just for individual users.

Improved tokenization and pattern matching using regular expressions to simplify writing recognizers.

New smart tag characteristics, such as smart tags that expire and those that can’t be saved in documents.

As one technology for building smart tag actions, the Information Bridge Framework provides a declarative model for exposing information and actions from business systems that relate to phrases recognized by smart tags.

Suggested Next Steps

Download and begin using the Office 2003: Smart Tag SDK: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c6189658-d915-4140-908a-9a0114953721&displaylang=en

Learn how to use regular expressions with smart tag lists: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/word/articles/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dno2k3ta/html/odc_regex_smarttags_2003.asp

Learn how to use smart tags with Access 2003: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/access/gettingstarted/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/odc_ac2003_ta/html/odc_ac11st.asp

Learn how to use smart tags with research services: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/smarttags/articles/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dno2k3ta/html/odc_of2003usingsmarttagsresearchservices.asp

Walk-through an example of using smart tags to enable data drill-down in Excel: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/smarttags/articles/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/odc_xl2003_ta/html/odc_xldatadrill.asp

Web Services Support

Web services are an industry standard for enabling the exchange of data and the remote invocation of application logic using XML messaging and Internet technologies to move data through firewalls and between heterogeneous systems. Although remote access of data and application logic is not a new concept, doing so in the loosely coupled fashion of Internet protocols is. The only assumption between the client and the Web service is that recipients understand the messages they receive. As a result, programs written in any language, using any component model, and running on any operating system can access Web services.

Web Services Support Benefits

Web services make it easier for you to expose data from legacy systems to authorized users around the company. Often these targeted users are those who previously needed the data but, until the advent of solutions using Web services, had no simple way of accessing it.

Web Services Support Technology

The recommended way to connect programs in Office 2003 Editions with Web services is to use Visual Studio .NET. With Visual Studio, you can more easily take advantage of the latest Web service standards with minimal code and have a host of rich objects available with which

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