Most Microsoft Office users will need to use the VBA programming techniques found in Chapter 7 to access eBay Web Services. However, Office 2003 users have an alternative solution that works in some cases. Microsoft is creating a new add-on for the Research Task Pane that should be available when you read this. This add-on lets you perform research on eBay without ever leaving the Office environment. You can find the add-on at http://www .office.microsoft.com/marketplace.
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This add-on provides a customizable interface. Generally, you'll interact with this add-on much as you interact with the eBay Web site, but you can also create a custom application to define the interface you want. You can find additional details at:
Creating Your Own Research Service for the Microsoft Office 2003 Research Library http://www.devx.com/codemag/Article/18214?trk=DXRSS_XML
Customizing the Microsoft Office 2003 Research Task Pane http://msdn .microsoft.com/library/en-us/dno2k3ta/html/odc_customizingtheresearchpane.asp
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