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Definition: smart tags

(1) A browser plug-in that recognizes words and phrases on Web pages and automatically turns them into links to advertisers. Although users may find the tags annoying, website publishers loathe them because they make it easy for the user to move away from their sites. See TopText, banner ad, adserver and in-text advertising.

(2) (Smart Tags) A smart tags feature slated for the Web browser in Windows XP that was removed due to public opposition. At the turn of the century, many considered Microsoft too powerful a company to implement such a feature.

(3) (Smart Tag) An earlier feature of Microsoft Office products that tagged words or phrases. When users clicked on a marked phrase, they could take some action.

(4) Sometimes, RFID tags are referred to as smart tags. See RFID and RFID tag.