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NewsPoster Dec 20, 2013 02:16 PM
Chrome Web Store rule changes block multi-function extensions
Google has updated the rules for its <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300917==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/06/13/six.new.countries.gain.access.to.the.chrome.store/" rel='nofollow'>Chrome Web Store</a>, requiring browser extensions to have a single purpose. The change, one which will effectively block toolbars and other similar pieces of code, is hoped to streamline and simplify the browsing experience for <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300917==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/06/13/six.new.countries.gain.access.to.the.chrome.store/" rel='nofollow'>Chrome</a> users, as well as speeding up the web browser by removing unnecessary extra weight. <br />
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A blog <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300914==http://blog.chromium.org/2013/12/keeping-chrome-extensions-simple.html" rel='nofollow'>post</a> by Engineering Director Erik Kay states that extensions "must have a single purpose that is narrow and easy-to-understand." Chrome itself was designed to allow for extensions to use a single button, rather than a toolbar, but since developers worked around this by using content scripts to create toolbars on webpages, for example, this has forced Google to step in and block it. <br />
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Updated Chrome Web Store developer <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300915==https://developers.google.com/chrome/web-store/program_policies" rel='nofollow'>policies</a> spotted by <em>CNET</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/300916==http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57616148-93/google-kicks-toolbars-out-of-chrome-web-store/" rel='nofollow'>state</a> that an extension needs to have one function without any extra functionality added on top, which will require multi-function extensions to be split apart into separate extensions in their own right. In the example given by Google, an extension that combines an e-mail notifier and a news headline aggregator would be classed as having two items with unrelated functionality. A second example suggests that an extension that provides product ratings and reviews cannot also inject advertising into web pages. Kay advises "Developers may need to switch to a different approach to monetization." <br />
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Though the rule changes apply to new extensions now, existing extensions have up until June 2014 to make changes.
 
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