Working on this, it became pretty clear that I needed to explain how tokens work before I could explain how the related code works.
And then, since few people so far have access to InfoCard bits compatible with my site, I saw that I needed to do a demo of what the user experience would be, showing how InfoCards actually work.
Finally, thanks to the review work of a number of colleagues across a number of different companies, I have a Simple InfoCard Tutorial and Demo ready for you to try out. Watch the five-minute demo, and then follow this link into the tutorial.
Are you using Windows Media player? Then use this version of my demo, encoded with the Techsmith Screen Capture Codec (TSCC). If your system complains that the codec isn't installed, it is totally worth picking it up here. It does a tremendous job of compressing demos.
If your player doesn't support TSCC, I hope the Quicktime version will help. I found I had to download the whole file, then click on the icon to open Quicktime, and then double click on the demo image to make the demo start playing. Am I doing something wrong? The biggest drawback seems to be that the encoding is four (4) times larger than the TSCC version. But hey, it works, and I like the way you can drag the progress bar to jump around within the demo.
Thanks to Robert Richardson for helping me understand the codec issues. If others have advice for me, please send it, since I want to do more demos in the near future.
I'll be evolving this work over the next little while, so let me know about anything that is unclear. I'll also add some demos of what it looks like using InfoCards on the compatible sites that have been created by Chuck Mortimer and Ashish Jain.
Once I get more feedback on what can be improved, I'll assemble the tutorial into .pdf format, and make a zip for downloading the samples, .
Someone has asked me what intentions I have for this code. My only goal is to share information as widely as possible.