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Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development: Developing Powerful Applications for The Next Generation of IE by Matthew Crowley

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Chapter 4. Connecting Services with Accelerators

Accelerators were introduced in IE 8 as a way to reduce the number of steps required for targeted access to web services. They provide developers with a way to make page content actionable without constructing binary extensions. IE makes a number of Accelerators available during the first-run experience, linking users to Microsoft web services such as Windows Live Search and Bing Maps.

In this chapter I discuss how you can build rich Accelerators that provide a seamless link between page content with web services. I begin with some basics—the purpose, basic techniques, and technical overview of tags, variables, and structure needed to define them. I demonstrate how you can link these models with ...

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