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Why we customize the Web

Lydia B. Chilton, Robert C. Miller, Greg Little, Chen-Hsiang YuMIT CSAIL

ABSTRACT

The Web is increasingly an application platform comparable to the desktop, but its openness enables more customizations than were possible on the desktop. This chapter examines the kinds of customization seen on the Web, focusing on the highly extensible Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and compares and contrasts the motivations for Web customization with desktop customization.

INTRODUCTION

The modern Web has grown into a platform to rival the desktop, offering not only a wealth of information and media, but also applications. The combination of private data, public data, and desktop-quality applications has created a powerful computing ...

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