[webkit-dev] browser extensions

Aaron Boodman aa at chromium.org
Wed Apr 15 09:54:59 PDT 2009

Hey Patrick,

Extensions logically fall outside the boundary of the rendering
engine, and that is the way we've approached in Chromium, too. But
since Chromium extensions are basically just web pages with a few
extra APIs added, there is a relatively obvious path to compatibility
and even sharing code if other browsers ever wanted to adopt them.

- a

On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 9:06 AM, Patrick Mueller
<pmuellr at muellerware.org> wrote:
> Now that the Chrome folks have talked about extensions, I thought I'd ask
> what the story/plan is for WebKit.
>  http://www.aaronboodman.com/2009/04/content-scripts-in-chromium.html
> 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.
> --
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