Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Oct 2010 21:23 UTC, submitted by addoula
Opera Software Opera Extensions have been confirmed as a feature of Opera 11. "Extensions in Opera is a way for you to easily add new functionality to your Opera browser experience. Developers can easily create extensions using open standards (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript) and supported APIs. Extensions will be based on the W3C Widget specifications and this is being considered for an Open Standard effort."
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RE[4]: Vimperator
by sorpigal on Tue 19th Oct 2010 12:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Vimperator"
sorpigal
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There's something I don't get. First, given that Chrome (or webkit?) has been praised for its sandboxing of tabs and, IIRC, efforts have been going on to sandbox the execution of programs in Mac OS X (or was it just plugins in Safari?), I thought the sandbox concept was always a good thing.

Sandboxing random web sites is a good idea and harms nothing. The site still functions, it just can't interfere with other sites. Sandboxing extensions is quite different since it's a lot more of a deliberate action to install and use one. An extension is supposed to extend the application and therefore needs as close as possible to full access to the application, not some small piece of it.

Second, how can allowing extensions have the effect of vetoing innovation? Doesn't it rather allow wild ideas to come to life?

Firefox extensions allow wild ideas to come to life because you can, in an extension, literally change any aspect of anything in the browser with almost no limitation whatsoever. To add a feature to Opera or Chrome or Safari and call it "Extensions" but have the feature not provide the same level of access as is available in Firefox is a limitation. So-called 'extensions' might be given a little piece of the browser in which they can operate, but this might not allow whatever radical and innovative idea the author wished to implement.

If your browser's extension cannot change any thing and everything then it's just not an extension as we know them in Firefox.

Edited 2010-10-19 12:11 UTC

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