Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, September 10, 2009 Under: Google
Support for extensions to customize Chrome, the top-requested feature
for Google's browser, has begun arriving for adventurous users.
Previously, extensions worked only for those who enabled the
feature with a command line switch. Now the feature is enabled by
default in the developer preview version of Chrome on Windows, Aaron
Boodman, the Google engineer who oversees the extensions work, said in
a blog post Wednesday.
"We're ready for a few more people to start using extensions--the kind
of adventurous people who populate the dev channel," said Boodman, who
earlier in his career developed the Greasemonkey tool that permitted
extensive customization of
Work is already under way for some popular extensions, including Yahoo's Delicious for social bookmarking and Xmarks for bookmark synchronization.
Extensions are enabled by default only for Chrome's Windows
users right now. "We've also enlisted some help to get extensions up to
Mac and Linux," Boodman said.
The extension-programming interfaces have been changing, and
more changes are coming to the user interface. Those who want to start
developing extensions should look at the new Chrome extension documentation.
Chrome extensions are written with the same programming technologies as
are used for Web pages themselves--HTML, CSS, and the like. Mozilla has
a related extension effort called Jetpack under way for Firefox.