May 15th, 2009
Internet Explorer 8 is Microsoft’s best web browser so far, with new features like Web Slices and Accelerators. Here’s a dozen tips for customizing it to fit your needs.
March 13th, 2008
WebSlices are a completely new feature for IE that allow users to subscribe to certain content contained within a web page. The WebSlices behave like RSS feeds, allowing the user to subscribe to the content for updates.
Enabling WebSlices on a web page is quite simple, requiring only some simple additional coding. A basic example would look like this:
<div class="hslice" id="1"> <p class="entry-title">Title for WebSlice</p> <div class="entry-content">Information to be displayed in WebSlice </div> </div> <div class="hslice" id="2"> <p class="entry-title">Title for WebSlice2</p> <div class="entry-content">Information to be displayed in WebSlice2 </div> </div>
There are a few key elements to take note of, without these elements, your WebSlice will not function properly:
Once you have your basic WebSlice in place, you can now work on how it looks. By adding a style to the tags you can format the WebSlice information so that it better matches the layout of the rest of the page. Styles applied to the entry-content element will also be used in displaying the WebSlice when a user accesses them from the Favorites Bar. You can also use existing styles and html coding by placing them within the entry-content container.
Here’s a WebSlice I whipped up for my workplace to show how many licenses for their ERP system were in use:
I created an ASP page and used CSS styling to create the chart. The data is taken from the ERP system’s login table. I placed the chart code inside the entry-content container and had an instant WebSlice.
You can read more about creating WebSlices in the WebSlices Whitepaper at Microsoft.