Microsoft releases set of guidelines for Internet Explorer add-ons

Microsoft has released a set of guidelines and requirements for add-ons, that extend Internet Explorer.  Users of Internet Explorer expect to be in full control of their browser and browser settings, and expect to be able to use all IE features.

Microsoft recommends that all Internet Explorer add-on software should follow these guidelines:

  • Do not limit the user’s ability to use Internet Explorer features
  • Do not limit the user’s ability to control Internet Explorer settings
  • Only use supported APIs
  • Software must not remove or replace any Internet Explorer features by disabling or limiting access to the feature user interface in Internet Explorer.
  • The user must be in full control of their search provider default
  • The user must be in full control of their default accelerator providers.
  • The user must be in full control of their IE settings
  • The user must be in control of their IE home page
  • The user must be in control of their IE add-ons
  • The user must be in control of their toolbars
  • Add-ons must not modify the average load times in the registry.
  • The user must be in control of their command bar (add-on UI)

    An extract from KB973764.

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