Chapter 10. Building Lightweight Buttons and Menu Extensions

Traditional COM-based extensions are not the only ones available for IE—the browser has exposed a simple metadata-based extensibility model since IE 5. These lightweight extensions link the IE frame to scripts and commands rather than oft-complicated COM communication models and command structure.

This chapter discusses the many lightweight IE frame extensions available to developers. Developers can create toolbar buttons, frame menu items, and context menus in a matter of minutes and using simple programming techniques. I begin this chapter by outlining the most common lightweight extensions available in IE and how those tie into the browser and pages. Following this introduction, I ...

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