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Browser developers want common extension format

WebExtensions Community Group will work on common grounds for web extension developers

07.Jun.21 9:35 AM
By Shawn Highstraw
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Browser developers want common extension format
The teams behind Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers will work together to improve extensions. These add - ons allow you to add software to browsers that are not included by default, such as a separate password manager or an option to quickly create to-do lists.

The companies present their plans during the World Wide Web Consortium. Because the teams want to join forces under the name 'WebExtensions Community Group', developers should be able to create extensions via a common standard for all browsers.

This should make it easier for developers to offer extensions to different browsers. A technique is also being worked on to make the extensions perform better and to secure them better. In this way, for example, they are less likely to contain malicious software that can infect users' computers.

"We want to develop a common basis that will bring browsers closer together and set a course for the future," the parties involved say. It is not known when the first version of this directive will come.

Browsers often have their own online store where extensions can be downloaded. Despite the new cooperation, these stores will continue to exist independently of each other. They also need their own control and policies. For example, Google recently announced that it would warn people before they decide to download potentially unsafe extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

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