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Active Channel Overviews and Tutorials

This technology is obsolete as of Windows Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used. This section contains overview and tutorial articles available for Active Channel.

Overviews/Tutorials

About Active Channel Features

This technology is obsolete as of Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used. The following sections explain Microsoft Active Channel features, as well as what Web publishers need to know to take advantage of them.

Active Channel Technology Tutorials

This technology is obsolete as of Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used. This section contains tutorials on creating Active Channel sites.

Creating Active Channel Logo Images

This technology is obsolete as of Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used. The guidelines listed in this section are provided to help Web publishers create useful and compelling logos that represent their channel content.

Designing Active Channel Sites

This technology is obsolete as of Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used. Follow these guidelines at design time to maximize the effectiveness of your channels.

Developing an Active Channel Site

This technology is obsolete as of Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used. Follow these steps to transform any existing Web site into an Active Channel site:

How to Create Channel Definition Format (CDF) Files

This article demonstrates how easy it is to create a single, "generic" Channel Definition Format (CDF) file to take advantage of CDF support.

How to Manage a Dial-up Connection with WebCheck

This topic describes how to keep a dial-up connection open by sending messages to WebCheck, a Windows Shell Service Object. If no messages are received within a timeout period, WebCheck prompts the user to disconnect (hang up the modem).

Introduction to Active Channel Technology

This article is an overview of Active Channel technology. It presents the terminology, benefits, and uses of Active Channel technology.

Introduction to Software Update Channels

Active Channel technology is obsolete as of Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used. This article introduces you to the terminology, benefits, and implementation of Software Update Channels. After reading this article, you will understand how easy it is for users to discover and interact with this technology, and you will know how to create your own Software Update Channels. Links to relevant overviews, references, and tutorials are provided at the end of the article.

Introduction to the Hit Logging API

Obsolete. The CDF files allow content providers to determine which hits get logged for the items included in the CDF file. These logs are posted to the server during a scheduled update and cleared. This API allows developers to verify if hit logging is enabled and write customized entries in the log.

Introduction to the Microsoft Information Delivery API

Obsolete. The Microsoft Information Delivery API enables you to create subscriptions and add channels that can be used to deliver content to a user's computer. This section is an overview of the services provided by the Information Delivery API.

Optimizing Active Channels over HTTP

In addition to considering bandwidth issues, Web publishers should support the following HTTP headers to ensure efficient use of their site by eliminating unnecessary data transfer.

Using Dynamic HTML with Active Channel Sites

This technology is obsolete as of Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used. A variety of Dynamic HTML (DHTML) features can be used to modify the appearance of a Web page, including changing the text or images that are displayed. As an example, the following steps show how a publisher might use the window.external.IsSubscribed method to hide an Add Active Channel logo button if the user has already subscribed to the associated channel.

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