Thursday, March 23, 2006

Good Service for Add-ins

Dealing with add-ins for Office 2007 ...

"For Office 2007, we built the UI extensibility model around a simple idea: If your add-in or solution is installed, its UI customizations are present. If it's uninstalled, its customizations are no longer present. I would venture to guess that this is how anyone would expect UI extensibility to work.

In Office 2003, you had to take a few extra steps to make sure your add-in behaved in this reasonable manner. As a first line of defense, you created controls as temporary, ensuring that they would not be persisted beyond the current session. If you changed anything built-in, you needed to write code to clean up your changes on uninstall. A tricky task, because you didn't know what other add-ins, or the user, had done to customize the UI. You could set various protection bits to shield yourself from modification by users, and you could call ".reset" on built-in toolbars to get them back to a default state. But you might have just reset another add-ins customizations on a built-in toolbar. And how does the end user get that add-in back? Perhaps by reinstalling the add-in?"   continued ...   (Via Jensen Harris)

Book with No Customization - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Book with No Customization

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