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8. Hack the Chrome Cleanly > 84. Do Groundwork for Extension Development

Do Groundwork for Extension Development

Understand how extensions, themes, and locales fit into the Firefox architecture.

Chapter 7 introduced the key ideas of chrome, chrome: URLs, JAR files, and packages [Hack #75] . Those concepts also apply to more formal chrome enhancement projects. Such projects also require the concepts of extensions, themes, locales, XPIs, and XPInstall. This hack describes those concepts in more detail. It’s all about collecting together the jigsaw pieces in preparation for solving the puzzle.

There are some basic differences between quick hacks to the chrome and fully prepared extensions. These are the main advantages of extensions:

  • They have a formal concept of version.


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