Aaron Boodman posted about the new design document, discussing what the extension system should look like in Chromium and thus Google Chrome: “Chromium can’t be everything to all people. People use web browsers in a variety of environments and for a wide variety of jobs. Personal tastes and needs vary widely from one user to the next. The feature needs of one person often conflict directly with those of another. Further, one of the design goals of Chromium is to have a minimal light-weight user interface, which itself conflicts with adding lots of features.”
User-created extensions have been proposed to solve these problems:
- The addition of features that have specific or limited appeal (”that would be great as an extension”).
- Users coming from other browsers who are used to certain extensions that they can’t live without.
- Bundling partners who would like to add features to Chromium specific to their bundle.