Thursday, October 25, 2007

Site-specific browsers and GreaseKit

The idea is simple: take a browser, cut out the tabs, the URL bar and all the rest of the window chrome and instead load one website at a time. Hence the colloquial name: “site specific browser”.
Frankly, I'm not sure what to make of this concept. Are we headed to a world of a bazillion little "site-specific browsers" that are only incrementally better than the "full browser" version or a world of robust "desktop web apps" that rival the functionality of programs like iTunes (also based on WebKit). I guess the jury will be out on that for some time, but I'm excited by the possibilities afforded by quick development, easy customization, and standalone web instances.

(via Jaxn)


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