[webkit-dev] browser extensions

Patrick Mueller pmuellr at muellerware.org
Wed Apr 15 09:06:38 PDT 2009

Now that the Chrome folks have talked about extensions, I thought I'd 
ask what the story/plan is for WebKit.


So ... I guess the first question is, are extensions considered 
out-of-scope for WebKit?  As in, more of a browser thing than a toolkit 
thing?  It's easy to see this going either way; 'portable' extensions 
will be hard, especially given any browser specific things you might 
want extensions to do; on the other hand, having all the WebKit 
consumers out there having a common extension story would obviously be 
very useful.

As an alternative to a full-on extension story, or maybe in addition to, 
you could look at the way inspector is implemented as a form of 
extension, perhaps just applicable for use by folks actively developing 
products with WebKit, as opposed to consumers of those products.  I 
haven't looked deep enough into inspector to see if it's built on some 
extensibility story or not.

I perused the wiki and web site in general, didn't notice any discussion 
on this, but of course, just point me to it if it's already there.

Patrick Mueller

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