Safari 5 Introduces Safari Extensions and Safari Developer Program

Written By Sam on 8 June 2010

The all new Safari 5 has gone step further and introduced Safari extensions for the developers to customize the browsing experience. Also it helps developers to creates new buttons for the toolbar and make their own extension bar. Altogether it changes the way web content look, all these features of Safari extensions are made possible using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. If one knows to develop web pages, it’s the same to make extensions for Safari. There is also an Extension Builder which makes it very simple to package the extensions for distribution and installations. Scripts, menu items, style sheets, and commands need not be entered manually as you can select them from an extension template which is as easy as to fill out a form, and the inbuilt Web Inspector gives you many options to design and debug your extension.

Safari extensions are signed with Apple-provided digital certificate which comes free with the Safari Developer Program. This protects the extensions from getting tampered, thus ensuring that the updates come only from genuine user. Safari extension also includes in-built defence system, like sandboxing which acts as a firewall for your extension. Also you can share your Safari Extensions by submitting it to Safari Extensions Gallery, this gives you an opportunity to reach out to the vast number of users as they have an option to download it and use it.

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