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16. Smart Tags > 16.6. Create a Custom Smart Tag to Get a Weather Report

16.6. Create a Custom Smart Tag to Get a Weather Report

Problem

I have a call list of customer names. I’d like to use a smart tag on the postal code field to retrieve a weather report for that postal code so that when I make the call, I can talk about the weather. How can I create a custom smart tag that retrieves the weather forecast from the Internet for a given postal code?

Solution

There are two different approaches to creating your own smart tags: you can create an XML file or you can create a dynamic-link library (DLL). Using an XML file is the best solution when you want to create a smart tag that simply navigates to a location on the Internet (or an intranet). Creating a DLL is the preferred approach when your smart tag is more complex and you need more flexibility or conditional logic. In this example you’ll learn how to create an XML-based smart tag.


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