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Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development: Developing Powerful Applications for The Next Generation of IE by Matthew Crowley

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Chapter 14. Extending the Browser Frame Using Band Objects

The IE extensions presented thus far offer limited access to good real estate in the browser frame. Developers looking for greater acreage at a low price can find solace in band objects. Band objects were introduced as a way for developers to extend the Windows shell and the IE browser frame. These UI areas are very prominent, and are shown no matter which tab or page is displayed in the browser. If you want this kind of access to a user, band objects are right for you.

In this chapter I present a logical approach to creating three types of band objects: toolbars, Vertical Explorer bars, and Horizontal Explorer bars. I begin with a basic overview of these extensions, how they are the same, ...

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