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Anyone thinking about programming for Opera Widgets?



4:44 am on Jul 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Writing a widget for Opera or an extension for Firefox might be worth looking into for your website. If you have a forum, it might check new posts or new PMs. If you have a current events website, you might have a calendar.


1:02 am on Jul 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Good question! Opera Widgets have seen a lot of interest since the 9.0 launch - there are already hundreds available from the Widgets site:


Looking through the available widgets, quite a few sites have started their own widgets. I reckon that if you have a site with a reasonably technical audience (who are more likely to use Opera) as well as having frequently-changing content, then a widget could be a great resource and promotional tool.

One thing I like about widgets over Firefox extensions is that they simply use HTML, CSS and Javascript, with a bit of XML thrown in. This is much easier from a web developer perspective as there is no need to learn a new language (like XUL for Firefox extensions).

There is some excellent documentation here:


So, has anyone tried building a widget yet?


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