Webmasters: how to disable WinXP/IE6 smart tags
The good news appears to be that a workaround does indeed exist.
Anyone, after reading this article in depth and perhaps following the related links, who still believe that Microsoft is the benevolent giant is just plain living with rose colored glasses.
Edit -someday I will learn the english language.
[This message has been edited by CMonster (edited 06-25-2001).]
We all know that alot of webmaster have their head stuck in a hole and will not know about this little item for some time, so this will still affect us. It is good that there is a work-around for Micro$haft's recent blunder.
What an insidious infringement of someone else's intellectual property! MS has no couth; causing this to be implemented without notice to, nor with permission from webmasters and further causing them to add to their work to disengage the technology is dreadful.
Bah on MS for this one, and new ways to "help" us like this are only going to get worse, IMO.
MS is fat already but it appears they can't help to keep intruding (infringing uh imposing???) their will upon us.
But this is just a bit too much, I hear all these smart tags will cause a nightmare for websites as they will all cache (redirect) from microsoft's web server.
I guess they expect people and business' to enable smart tags redirects to their webs at a price of course...
I agree with Socalgal this is utter profit motivation at the cost of honest webs with true information and little money!
I feel bad for the poor souls who do not know how to disable smart tags and get lured and suckered without a chance of a smarter choice!!!
This is propagation of ignorance and greed at it's finest!
Can't the smart tags be considered breaking copyright law? If I take a NY Times best-seller and reprint it making changes wherever I see fit to add branded product placements, wouldn't I get my a** sued off? I think the crucial issue is that the intellectual content (of which MicroSoft is usually SO good at protecting...) of the page had been changed. What happens when a smart tag hurts the "reputation" of the page it was tagging (Linux?)? My guess is that any of these questions will be answered with "My lawyers are better funded than your lawyers".
Just happened to see this while cruising.
There's a reg hack for IE6 to entirely disregard the MSSmartTagsPreventParsing meta-tag, along with other info:
As usual, proceed with caution when playing the registry; backup first and be careful and examine / scan any and all files before using.
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