Embrace And Extend, The Firefox Way


"I noticed that I'm not good at typing in URLs -- I'll type '.rog' instead of '.org," recalls Ben Karel, a freshman at the University of Delaware. "One day I thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool if Firefox could fix those stupid little mistakes for me?'" So he wrote an "extension" for the Mozilla Foundation's open-source Web browser to do just that.

Today, Mozilla's official extensions Web site lists around 600 add-ons for Firefox alone; other extensions target the foundation's Mozilla software suite, Thunderbird email client, and a handful of smaller projects. Extensions vary greatly in size, complexity, and purpose: Some, like Karel's spell-checker, are compact, single-purpose widgets, while others are bigger, more complex mini-applications created and maintained by teams of developers. Together, they offer something for everyone including the Mozilla Foundation itself. Security Pipeline | Firefox Gives Extension Developers Room To Run

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 17th October 2005 10:11PM